I won’t lie- I kind of love Instagram. And I definitely loved Istanbul. So why not feature a post that combines the two?
Here are my favorite shots from my recent trip to Istanbul, a complicated, exotic and stunning city I got to know over a too-short span of five days.
A simit is essentially a Turkish bagel: dense, crunchy and coated with sesame seeds. Simit very quickly turned into my go-to snack because they’re filling, delicious, dirt-cheap and sold on every street corner.
Turkey is overflowing with spices- from smoky, dark red sumac to pül biberi, or spicy red pepper flakes. I brought back tons to gift to friends as well as add to my own personal stash.
(Side-note- I’m kind of obsessed with spices.)
Dried fruits and nuts.
Turkish food and Turkish hospitality are equally amazing- did I mention how much lamb I had in Istanbul? I tasted everything from lamb loin to lamb chops to lamb heart (which, by the way, is so flavorful and tender).
All I can say is it would be very hard to be a vegetarian in Turkey.
Turkish coffee in four words is uber-thick, bitter, grainy and strangely addictive.
The Blue Mosque.
Unlike the Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque is still a working mosque, meaning we took off our shoes and women covered their hair.
I loved the cobalt blue paint paired with the intricate gold script.
The Hagia Sofia.
Though I thought the Blue Mosque was absolutely magnificent, it pales in comparison to the ethereally beautiful Hagia Sofia.
I could’ve taken a thousand pictures of the Hagia Sofia- it was truly magnificent.
So, which Istanbul Instagram did you like best? And let’s connect on Instagram! My account is naturally @AshleyAbroad.