Visiting the Galata Spice Market had me excited like a kid in a candy store. For an adult who likes to cook, there is nothing better than an abundance of fresh spices at extremely reasonable prices. In the end I bought a KG of Paprika (mix of hot and regular), some meat spice and Saffron […]
If you ever have the opportunity to visit Istanbul, you will likely check out both the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia, which are located next to each other. I visited both during my walking tour of Istanbul and was impressed by both. If you go during the daytime with natural light shining through, it’s tough […]
The view from the club lounge of the Hilton Istanbul is hard to beat. You can see the all of the activity on the Bosphorus river, watch the sunrise and take in the lights at night. There are many distinct phases that the river view goes through on any given day, but something is always happening […]
While spices are used every day in cooking throughout the world, in the US we usually associate spices with small jars at exorbitant prices. It’s not until you visit a true spice market that you realize just how abundant and naturally beautiful spices can be. During my April 2013 trip to Istanbul, I made it a […]
This post is part of Random Hotel Review Month. Today we review the Conrad Istanbul Hotel from my April 2013 visit. Other Random Hotel Reviews: Westminster Hotel.
Perhaps the most pleasant surprise while walking through Istanbul was seeing Dolmabahce Palace, an extravagant living space located on the banks of the Bosphorus river. Along with landmarks like Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia, Dolmabahce palace is a must see attraction in Istanbul. While you are allowed to take photos outside of the palace, you […]