Istanbul: Smell of East and Europe in one City.
With the Atatürk Bridge and the famous Galata Bridge as a point of reference, dividing the City into Europe and Asia, Istanbul enchants with its diversity.
On one side, the European face of Istanbul, with Taxim Square, Maçka, the modern Beiyoğlou, Dolma Bakhce and the awesome suspension bridges, and on the other side Top Kapi, the Eminönü area. the Sultanahmet which is the pulse of the Queen.
We begin our acquaintance with the City from Taksim Square, here where mini skirts coexist harmoniously with ferezes. Vibrant life, with fast rhythms very reminiscent of a European city. With the tram passing through the pedestrian street, time stops for a while and takes us on a nostalgic journey to earlier times.
As we start our walk along the pedestrian street, at its beginning, we will find the Hadjibaba cookhouse and a little further down we will taste the most delicious kazan dipi and asureses at the well-known Hadjibekir. Then we will meet the neoclassical grandeur of Peran, which was also made famous by Maria Iordanidou's "Loxandra". The wider area is called Beiyoğlou, this is where the fish markets and takeaways are, the flower markets and the area is buzzing with young life because of the bars there.
You will find a small Paris full of brasseries just behind Galatas. Arriving at the Galata Bridge and at the edge of Keratio Gulf we will see dozens of Turks fishing.
As we pass the bridge we reach the area of Eminonü with the Yeni Mosque. There we also find the Egyptian Market or Simir Charsi, where we can buy and smell the various spices that exist, from pasturmades to cumin and saffron. We will also see various dried vegetables that make up a colorful image that is imprinted in our memory. Here we will also find the only remaining Greek tavern, the "Pantelis Tavern". We will be nostalgic for old times and taste the appetizers it offers us.
The continuation brings us to the historical center of the City, with Sultanahmet Square, the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, Top Kapi and of course Hagia Sophia. A mixture of emotions is evoked by this great historical and religious site for all Christians who visit it. Across from it we can see the mark of Islam with the Blue Mosque.
Somewhere here we will find the piers that tie up the ships as well as the lines where the legendary Orian Express once passed. The impressive Hippodrome and Justinian's Royal Cistern will enchant you. The catacombs and the old aqueduct give you a feeling that goes hand in glove with the classical music that is heard in the space from the speakers.
We then descend towards the largest covered bazaar of the City, Kapali Charsi. Here you can find everything - from jewelry to jewelry - as it consists of 64 streets and 4,000 shops. Also make a stop at Cajaloglou Hamami, a traditional hammam with marble domes that will make you see the City differently.
We continue to Dolma Bakhce: The last Ottoman palace and then residence of Kemal Atatürk has 285 rooms, a legendary chandelier and an incredible opulence of antiques, pianos and paintings.