Our second destination for our honeymoon was Istanbul, Turkey. We had landed at Dubai Airport from Seychelles around 11 AM and our next connecting flight to Istanbul was at 2:30 PM. We reached Istanbul around 6 PM.
At that time, the new Istanbul Airport was still under construction. The Istanbul Ataturk Airport was heavily crowded. It took more than one hour at security clearance. As we both have Schengen visas, we got our E-visa for Turkey by applying online.
Where to stay in Istanbul?
It was almost 7.30 PM to 8 PM when we booked our Uber Airport to our Hotel. The hotel was around half an hour drive and located around 2 KM from Taksim Square. We stayed in Doubletree by Hilton at Piyalepasa.
The hotel has an amazing location and ambiance with a beautiful lobby. We had been welcome with Chocolate chip cookies and escorted us to our room.
We had almost 3 days to explore Istanbul, Aoon had been there but It was my first time and I knew that 3 days aren’t enough for the city like Istanbul. We dropped our bags and rushed towards Taksim Square.
The Taksim Square:
The famous monument of Taksim square is located near the Republic monument which was inaugurated in 1928 on the 5th anniversary of the formation of the Republic of Turkey.
It's located in the center of the city and one of the main tourist attractions which is always crowded with people. The square has lots of restaurants, shopping brands and hotels.
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After spending some time near Taksim square, we walked towards Istiklal Street. It’s one of the most crowded around 1.5 KM long avenue and visited by 3 million people in a single day over the weekends. The traditional tram also passes from the center of the street which makes it look even more crowdy.
The Pedestrian has art galleries, cinemas, theatres, libraries, music store, shopping brands, cafes, restaurants, ice-cream stands, Turkish traditional patisseries shop, pubs and nightclubs. Whether it's day or night, the pedestrian is always crowded and people are sitting on the streets and playing live music.
There are small cobblestone streets connected with the main pedestrian which has a lot of street cafes and restaurants.
It was almost 1 AM but all the restaurants were open. We kept walking on Istiklal street and enjoying the liveliness of Istanbul and Then, we reached Majestic Galata Tower. Galata tower used to be a Genoese colony before the conquest of Constantinople. It was built in 1348 and used to be the tallest building of that time.
The tower has an amazing restaurant on the top with the beautiful view of the sea and city but unfortunately, we had been there quite late so we didn’t get the chance to climb up and enjoy the view from the top.
From the tower, we had walked a few miles towards the Galata Bridge to enjoy the refreshing breeze from the sea. There were a lot of Fishermans placed their hooks in the sea and were catching fish and holding small cups of traditional Turkish chai.
It was quite late so we took the Uber back to our hotel.
Note: The Uber is quite cheap in Istanbul but Uber drivers or taxi drivers aren’t so trustworthy in Istanbul. Most of the time, they are taking long routes in order to earn some more money and the problem is language barrier. They don’t understand if you try to tell them or explain something to them.