Istanbul, the last stop on our European holiday. And what a stop it was. Istanbul is a city spread out over two different continents, Europe and Asia, hence the saying, “Where East Meets West.” You can easily just take a ferry ride across the Bosporus Straight to the Asian Side. We found Istanbul so diverse, like no other place we saw in Europe. It was interesting hearing the voice that would echo out through the city during the call to pray times. This would even happen in the middle of the night!
Everything from the beautiful mosques, to the food (Turkish Delight…hello, so good!), to the ability to just hop continents, to the crazy busy Grand Bazaar…I would have to say this was a great place to finish up our European trip!
The Blue Mosque…not very blue is it??
Facing the Asian Side of Istanbul:Facing the European Side, crazy the difference!
Our time in London was unforgettable, and because we were here for more than a week we had plenty of time to take things slow but also see lots of iconic places. Our good friends Kevin and Sydney, aka “Kidney”, happened to be in London at the same time as us as part of their world trip, which they have dubbed Lingberries vs The World. Our first stop, naturally, was coffee. We had heard of this place called Workshop from a number of people so decided to taste it for ourselves…more to come on this soon. After coffee we rode the tube, like true Londeners, to Portobello Markets, like true tourists. It was a very cute market, just very crowded.
After saying farewell to Kidney + friends, Hubby and I continued to check off our London list by seeing Big Ben and the London Eye.