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Andraya Farrag A Diary in Istanbul

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
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Andraya Farrag  A Diary in Istanbul

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Here is her Diary in Istanbul


 

Location Istanbul, Turkey

A fabric fair called Premiere Vision has recently opened in Istanbul, as I always wanted to visit I saw this as a perfect excuse to have a work play holiday! I have also heard countless tails from friends and family about this beautiful city and thought it was time I experienced it first hand!

 

Stayed in As I was staying for two weeks I decided to stay in Casa Di Bava furnished apartments in Karakoy. For long city breaks I love to be in an apartment as it encourages you to get out and about and even visiting the local grocery shops really adds to the trip.

For the first few nights I stayed alone in the smallest apartment available, I was really impressed with the facilities and the finishing. The size was so perfect for one person with some great views of the traditional skyline. After a few days I moved to the largest apartment available which was stunning! The furnishings were so modern yet homely. The bedroom had beautiful high ceilings with large double doors opening onto the living area. There were no dining facilities available but it was a short walk to the Bosphorus where there are some amazing arty cafes, bars and restaurants. We were also surrounded by incredible vintage and antique stores so I was really in my element.

Top 5 restaurants in Istanbul

– Posiedon Fish restaurant
– Ismet Baba at Kuzguncuk
– Aşşk Kahve, Kuruçeşme an eclectic cafe with a relaxed vibe
– Karabatak, Karakoy, small cafe with an amazing interior
– Backyard, Bebek up on the hill in with a lovely garden

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Top 3 tips for traveling in Istanbul

– Get the metro everywhere, it is so cheap and unlike a lot of cities some of it is overground. The trams are on the street which is great for sight seeing and is quite exciting.
– Find a roof top because the architecture is beautiful and worth seeing from above
– Explore! I found the best places through getting lost in the city which is easy to do. You will miss some of the best boutiques and restaurants if you go everywhere by car

 

Most inspiring moment

I found the city a real mix of cultures, it partly reminded me of Eastern Europe and also has the Arabian and Mediterranean influence. The mosques are beautiful and unlike mosques in any other Islamic countries. As this is the only city that spans across two continents it is such a unique place full of character and very rich in culture. There is also a growing underground art and music culture in Istanbul which I found really inspiring.

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