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Aish (yay, travel companion! no more selfies to bother you with) and I met with the rest of the guys on the tour. So, someone mentioned that Istanbul reminded him of Mexico because he was the only white guy walking around the city and everyone else was Turkish. I had to excuse myself before I offend any dear souls.

This was taken yesterday. You have no idea how happy I was to see her. Caught up over lunch and apple mint tea, and that is our new favourite tea!

Started the day as early as 8.30 (holy mother, I hadn’t had to wake up that early for ages!) for the Old City tour. The weather right now is a little bit colder than I have anticipated. I boldly told Aish that she had nothing to worry because it’s probably gonna be about 15-18 deg cels… until the first gush of wind hit our faces numb and the guide told us that it might snow. You could imagine how much Aish wanted to kill me.

Gate to Topkapi Palace. It's made of marble.

Gate to Topkapi Palace. It’s made of marble.

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Miss Bombay in Istanbul.

Standing on the European side of Istanbul. Across the waters, that's the Asia side of Istanbul. One of the many interesting things about Istanbul.

Standing on the European side of Istanbul. Across the waters, that’s the Asia side of Istanbul. One of the many interesting things about Istanbul.

The first stop was Topkapi Palace followed by, Hagia Sophia then, Blue Mosque (or, locally known as Sultan Ahmed Mosque) and lastly, the Underground. The guide, Kemel (I hope I got his name right) did a great job explaining about the history of Istanbul (frankly, it was a quite a bit to take in but, informative and interesting nonetheless). Hagia Sophia reminded me quite a bit of the cathedrals/mosques in Spain (I left my heart in Spain).

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Hagia Sophia. Church converted to a mosque.

If you look closely, you can see Jesus in between Allah s.w.t and Muhammad s.a.w.

If you look closely, you can see Jesus in between Allah s.w.t and Muhammad s.a.w.

The Blue Mosque has the most delicate architectural designs I’ve ever seen. You can see it from the islamic inscriptions written all over the mosque to the blue tinted ceramic tiles decorated with fine-lined flowers on the walls of the mosque. And of course, the 5m diameter columns that were made of marble- holy___!

The are 6 minarets in Blue Mosque because of the misinterpretation of the word 'Gold' in Turkish. It sounds closely to six. Altin is gold and Alti is six.

The are 6 minarets in Blue Mosque because of the misinterpretation of the word ‘Gold’ in Turkish. It sounds closely to six. Altin is gold and Alti is six.

Interior design of Blue Mosque.

Interior design of Blue Mosque.

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The Underground where they stored the water for the city. It could hold up to 100,000 tonnes of water.

Turkish candy. Twirl, swirl and put it in your mouth.

Turkish candy. Twirl, swirl and put it in your mouth.

That was some dinner.

That was some dinner.

Heading to Gallipoli in the morning – oh, bless me!
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  • Reply xoxo, D.

    Love your winter jacket and hell yeah to the humongous pita bread!Be safe and relish the sights for me.x, d.

    December 12, 2013 at 6:01 am
  • Reply f.

    got the winter jacket from Zara and I have enough of bread now. love you xxx

    December 23, 2013 at 8:56 am
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