Turkish Airlines to Istanbul
Following our visit to Sofia, Bulgaria, we kicked our taste buds into overdrive. Great Turkish food began on the plane. On the one hour flight to Istanbul, Turkish Airlines offered a dining experience that would have been impressive on a 5 hour flight! The lambchops and mezze were terrific. We were very comfortable too. Unlike most other carriers, Turkish offers an exceptional business class product even on their flights within Europe.
Adahan DeCamondo Pera, Autograph Collection Hotel
In Istanbul, we took a taxi from the airport to the Adahan DeCamondo Pera hotel where we checked in for two nights. We could have booked an even ritzier hotel (like the Ritz) with the same free night certificates, but this one had better reviews and was in a much better location for exploring Istanbul. And it turned out to be a great choice. The staff were incredibly helpful and attentive, the rooms were large and comfortable, the rooftop restaurant was great, and the location was exactly as good as we had hoped.
Sunset Grill & Bar
On our first evening in Istanbul we dined at the excellent Sunset Grill & Bar. The food was very good and the views were incredible. I highly recommend it.
Edible Istanbul Food Tour
Our second day in Istanbul was a combination tour of the city and tour of the city’s food (but with a very heavy emphasis on the latter). Richard, from Edible Istanbul Food Tours met us at our hotel and we walked from there. We started on the western side, since that’s where our hotel was, ate our way towards the Bosporus and ferried to the Anatolia (Asian) side. There, we gorged ourselves on endless culinary delights from both street vendors and restaurants. I’ll let the photos do the talking…
Want to help? I’m writing this from a flight over the Atlantic ocean and hurrying to finish before we land. So, I’m not going to post captions to the photos right now. Do you recognize these things? If so, please comment to let everyone know what they’re seeing!
Rowing the Golden Horn
On our final day in Istanbul we got up early to go rowing on the Golden Horn during sunrise! It was awesome.
This was a fantastic way to cap our stay in Istanbul! Next we were off to Stockholm where caviar bumps were waiting…
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