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Some bits of a week in Istanbul last winter…

Kybele Cafe • Aya Sofya • More Aya Sofya (I was very impressed by the beauty of this monument. Simply mesmerising) • Cat inside Aya Sofya

Streets around the Grand Bazaar • Blue Mosque • Grand Bazaar • New Mosque

Karakoy • Istiklal Caddesi • Galata tower • Old city view from Galata bridge

Giacomo trying a new style just before New Year’s eve celebrations • Me & Giacomo (sporting his brand new moustache) after a 5-hour long marathon on Babylon’s dance floor

Aya Sofya • Topkapi Palace • Suleymaniye mosque • Crossing the Bosphorus for my first time in Asia • Karakoy fish market • Jars of preserves at Haci Abdullah restaurant

Other highlights of our trip (mostly food related…): Ali Muhiddin Gaci Bekir confectionery (lokum paradise) • Cooking Alaturca • Selim Usta Sultanahmet (kofte paradise) • Hamdi restaurant (delicious food + best view over the Golden Horn) • Çukurcuma neighborhood

Would definitely like to return to Istanbul.

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