A PINCH OF LOVE JOY HAPPINESS! IN ISTANBUL

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I took Natasa to the airport today after 4 days in Istanbul together. It was awesome!

20131126-204840.jpgPLAYING IN TASKIM SQUARE PARK. (yes the site of the recent protest).
I travelled “alone”, but traveling with someone else really makes getting special shots easier. I gave Natasa a quick camera lesson and asked her take this shot!

20131126-205054.jpgTHIS IS THE HOTTEST POLICEMAN PHOTO OF THE WHOLE TRIP. WOMEN WITH MACHINE GUNS! HOLY SHIT
It’s pomegranate season so there’s fresh squeezed juice on nearly every corner. I’ve been drinking at least one a day.

20131126-210751.jpgYOU CAN GET LOTS OF DIFFERENT FRESH SQUEEZED JUICE ALL AROUND TOWN.
We went to the top of the GALATA TOWER. the VIEWSwere amazing.
We went to Istanbuls famous SPICE BAZZAR.

20131127-102713.jpgWE BOUGHT SOME NUTS WRAPPED IN DRIED FRUIT, IT WAS THE BOMB.
We visited the TOPKAPI PALACE for an afternoon.

20131127-103341.jpgI THOUGHT THIS SMALL BUILDING REPRESENTED MANY ISLAMIC ARCHITECUAL STYLES.

20131127-103602.jpgTHE TREASURY ROOMS WERE AWESOME.
THIS CROWN IS JUST A SMALL SAMPLE OF THE MANY JEWELED ITEMS, A MUST SEE IN ISTANBUL. There was a jeweled throne, I wanted the photo so bad, no post card of it or anything in the many books. The person who designed the throne also designed the Blue Mosque.

20131127-105301.jpgTHIS IS A PHOTO OF THE FAMOUS BLUE MOSQUE AT NIGHT. MORE PHOTOS OF THE BLUE MOSQUE ARE HERE
I stayed at a Hostel until Natasa arrived. I searched for a special hotel for the two of us. I probably looked at 6 different places. But the ALMINA HOTEL had a great feel to it. This turned out to be a GREAT choice. The whole staff was very warm and welcoming, the breakfast was the best I had in Istanbul.

20131127-110334.jpgFERMADIYE WAS AN EXCELLENT COOK AND HOST.

20131127-110455.jpgOUR ROOM WAS STRAIGHTENED OUT EVERYDAY WITHOUT FEELING OUR PRIVACY WAS BEING INVADED.

20131127-110604.jpg NATASA WITH ASLI AND MEHMET, FROM THE RECEPTION WERE GREAT TO US.
Our time together for Natasa and I were very bonding. (I might have to learn Slovenian). Were spending Christmas and New Years together then WE go to Thailand together.

20131127-110917.jpgWAITING FOR THE PLANE.
THANKS FOR READING, SORRY I’VE BEEN BUSY AND NOT POSTING.
JEFF
NEXT: BIKING SOME IN TURKEY
I’LL POST THE PHOTOS FROM TURKEY SOON TOO

4 thoughts on “A PINCH OF LOVE JOY HAPPINESS! IN ISTANBUL

  1. anusa Mihelic

    Dear Jeff, I,m happy for you both. I wish you nice stay in Istanbul, it,s great town, I was there in July. Spend magical time in Tailand and than or before we,ll meet in Slovenia.
    Pocasi se moras res nauciti slovensko, ker imam jaz kar tezave s tvojo amerikanscino. Natasa will translate to you,:).

    Anusa

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