Girl Meets Bulgaria

Musings of an American expat in Bulgaria (with detours in Utah and Alaska)

Home from Istanbul


Sultanahmet Square

Hello there!

I’m home from five lovely days and four hot nights (our hotel room was positively sweltering) in Istanbul. My friend and I took a night bus there and back from Bulgaria and it was interesting to say the least!
Whirling DervishView of the Blue Mosque from our hotelBasilica Cisterns

It was an incredible trip and I can’t wait to share more about it with you all.

For now, however, a few snapshots will have to do. My friend is only in Bulgaria for a few more days and we have a lot of ground to cover!

Gorgeous sunset over the Sea of MarmaraInterior of Hagia SophiaRays of Sun at Hagia Sophia

Hope you are having a fantastic weekend!

Talk to you soon!


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7 thoughts on “Home from Istanbul

  1. What beautiful pictures, I miss Istanbul so much, the Basilica Cisterns are probably one of my favorite places in all of Europe

  2. Such beautiful shots! I wanna go!

  3. Nice photos! I’m going to Istanbul on Thursday, so I’m so excited. Any tips or suggestions?

    • Thanks, Jessica! You will have an awesome time in Istanbul; it’s such a cool city. I am assuming you haven’t been there before. If you have, my tips may be useless! I would definitely suggest you spend a lot of time in Sultanahmet Square. An entire day here is a must. This is the area where the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, and Basilica Cisterns are located. From there I would head to the Grand Bazaar area (again, it’s easy to spend an entire day here). Other highlights of our trip were the Spice Market (watch out for VERY aggressive shopkeepers here), Bosphorus cruise (we only paid 15 lira for a 2 hour cruise, so don’t be sucked in by the more expensive vendors), and the Archaeological Museum (it’s HUGE, so be prepared to spend a lot of time here if you are a history buff). We didn’t make it over to the Asian side, but our cruise did offer us great views of it. One restaurant recommendation (be prepared to pay a premium as a tourist) is Doy Doy. It is located right behind the Blue Mosque. They are very friendly, recommended in a ton of guide books, and offer very reasonable prices. Try the apple tea–it’s delish!

      My biggest tip, however, is to be well prepared for the aggressive men trying to lure you into their “cousin’s/brother’s/best friend’s” carpet shop. These people are EVERYWHERE and anyone you think is just trying to be nice and point you in the right direction is probably going to try and get you to buy something from them in the end. After a few days of this, we just learned to be aggressive right back and tell them NO THANKS!

      Have a great time! Can’t wait to read about your adventures on your blog!


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