Sights, sounds, and smells. All for free. The rest you will have to barter for, my friend.
Life in Istanbul is incredible, crowded, vibrant and vast.
We lived in a lovely apartment in Beyoğlu for two months, which is a district in the Europe part of Istanbul. We loved this ever-surprising neighborhood. It’s small streets going up and down with cafe, bars, and restaurants at every corner, most of them with a terrace over the sidewalk. There are lots of cats and cat condos in the area who appear to be well fed by those working or living in the area. It’s a very nice walk either from Galata Tower up to Taksim square or back. The Bosphorus is not that far away either and connects from Besiktas with the Asian side.
Our afternoons vary, depending on the day; sometimes, we work until evening, other days we’ll take the ferry across to Bosphorus, and enjoy the fresh sea air. Our work schedule changes depending on the day, but usually we will work five hours straight through, with brief breaks for meals. Some days we take long walks to nowhere or go on small adventures, exploring a different corners of the city.
By early evening, the city is where the life is on the streets and every café and bar and restaurant has tables out front, so just walking around at night feels exciting and vibrant.
Istanbul doesn’t have much green space or accessible nature in the city center, so the lovely seaside is one of our favorite things about this area.
Turks Take Their Food & Coffee Seriously
A Turkish breakfast (kahvalti) can last for hours and has tables filled with tiny plates of cheese, olives, homemade jams, garlic sausage, pastries, and unlimited tea.
The best evening meals are those at its many meyhane (taverna-style restaurants) with a excess of meze dishes and rakı (the local aniseed spirit) to wash it all down.
We were strolling near Spice Bazaar when we were all mesmerized by the lovey smell of coffee. You can sit and have a refreshing Turkish coffee. Every country has coffee but Turkish coffee is different, it has a soul. The sugar is added to coffee during preparation so you need to tell the waiter your preference: sade (black), orta (mildly sweetened), sekerli (sweetened).
Sounds of Istanbul