Istanbul

I’ve just spent the last five days in Istanbul where I marveled at the architectural wonder that is the Hagia Sophia, was humbled by the beauty of The Blue Mosque, haggled for jewelry and Iznik ceramics at The Grand Bazaar, had my fortune read from the grounds leftover from my Turkish coffee, shopped for exotic spices and sweets at The Spice Bazaar, sipped cocktails on the Bosphorus, ordered tea 100 times a day, absorbed thousands of years of rich history, and officially fell in love with one of my new favorite cities in the entire world. Now I’m heading south to the Turkish Turquoise Coast along the Mediterranean Sea!

(all images by HonestlyWTF)

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  1. ZET wrote:

    So nice to see you in İstanbul! 🙂

    10.14.11
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  2. Serberry wrote:

    Ah getting goose bumps from seeing these pictures. I am in love with Istanbul i’ve been there a few times and there is still so much to see! Enjoy Turkey!

    10.14.11
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  3. Nikki wrote:

    I’ve always wanted to visit Istanbul — a lot of the architecture is very reminiscant of what I saw when I lived in Southern Spain. Absolutely breathtaking! Enjoy the rest of your trip — can’t wait to see more photos!

    http://www.cositabella.com

    10.14.11
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  4. Liz wrote:

    looks fantastic! If you get a chance get a ‘gulet’ along the coast (i think that’s what they’re called). We went on one for a week travelling down the coast. Its just a small boat with about 15 people, we slept on the deck at night, all our meals were cooked for us and the food was simple but amazing. During the day we would pull up at secluded spots and you could go swimming right off the side of the boat, the water was so clear you could see the bottom. One of the best things I’ve ever done!

    10.14.11
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  5. Rochelle wrote:

    I’ve always wanted to visit Istanbul. Hope you had an amazing time. Please post more pictures. 🙂 Have a great day. Rochelle.

    10.14.11
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  6. Great pictures!!!! must have been a hell of a trip! everything looks amazing! 😉

    10.14.11
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  7. Cupid wrote:

    While searching on the web, I’ve found your blog which is really nice! and it is such a good coincidence that you are in Istanbul, here in my town haha! Kisses 🙂

    10.14.11
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  8. Wow love your photos!

    A friend is living in Istanbul and I can’t wait to visit her. And now, after seeing your photos, my desire to see the city is only bigger!!

    XO Charlotte
    http://www.thefashionguitar.com

    10.14.11
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  9. Nomadic D wrote:

    So glad you’re enjoying Turkey! I always get so excited when people go there and fall in love. All my extended family is in Istanbul so I get to go there minimum once a year and I just love it! And how about those turkish breakfasts, huh? Enjoy the beaches now!

    http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/

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  10. Jessie wrote:

    i would absolutely love to travel to istanbul. it is such an amazing place! i love your photographs 🙂
    xx, http://wordbyjessie.com/

    10.14.11
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  11. WOW! looks wonderful! i’ve always wanted to visit turkey, just haven’t gotten myself there, yet.
    have an amazing time!

    xx
    Z

    10.14.11
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  12. Kate wrote:

    these photos are so rich. have fun on the coast!

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  13. What a great place! wish I could go there someday 🙂

    Kaye
    Fashion Blogger
    http://thestyleflux.blogspot.com

    10.14.11
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  14. jessica wrote:

    those photos are just stunning. i love the colors and designs. i bet you had so much fun!

    xo
    http://thenovelboudoir.blogspot.com

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  15. cori wrote:

    i would die to have my picture taken like the second photo.
    what a dream trip.

    10.14.11
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  16. Thanks for sharing the photos. They are very inspirational. The patterns and colors are amazing. xoxo
    http://hellofridaybypaik.blogspot.com/

    10.14.11
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  17. Your photos are amazing. Istanbul is one of my favorite places on earth.

    xoxox,
    Courtney

    10.14.11
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  18. Elizabeth wrote:

    Istanbul has been on my list to visit for a while! Thank you for the pictures! They are wonderful!!

    10.14.11
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  19. Jessica wrote:

    Lovely! x

    10.14.11
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  20. J Umm wrote:

    Three letters W.O.W.

    it’s such a beautiful country! Defo on my places-to-go-list!
    http://www.styledecorum.com/

    10.14.11
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  21. Karla wrote:

    Hey i loved the pictures, lucky you, i wish i was there, seems so pretty, and the colors they use are amazing and very inspiring, arent they?? Bises.

    http://maxi-fancy.blogspot.com/

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  22. melissa wrote:

    beyond words! lovely and so gorgeously textured. Thanks for this post!

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  23. !!!!!! looks so amazing!!!! have a wonderful rest of your trip!!

    10.14.11
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  24. amourette wrote:

    These are amazing photos. Really talented work!

    10.14.11
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  25. Ambyr wrote:

    These photos are so beautiful!

    xoxo
    http://www.thewrittenrunway.com

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  26. Oh my goodness, these photos are incredible! Thank you for sharing. It’s nice to get a glimpse of Istanbul that’s not filled with typical touristy photographs. Now I’m even more excited – we’re planning on visiting Istanbul in Spring 2012!

    – Ava

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  27. Mrs. L wrote:

    Wow. Just……..wow.

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  28. Lourdes wrote:

    I was just there (in May)! Turkey is so beautiful!! Have fun on the rest of your trip!

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  29. Amazing, amazing shots!!! So jealous of your adventure! xo

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  30. zeynep wrote:

    looks like you had a good guide since you’ve been to kale for breakfast:)

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  31. Stephanie wrote:

    lovely photos. I hope I make it there one day!

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  32. Alyssa wrote:

    I agree with Cori, the second photo is amazing! Totally Vogue worthy :]

    Shop vintage here!

    10.14.11
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  33. Sara P. wrote:

    Looks like the perfect trip. You deserve it!

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  34. Stunning!

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  35. Katherine wrote:

    Istanbul’s great! East meets West. Definitely one of the most underrated places… everyone should visit Turkey, not just for the sites but for the amazing people. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

    10.14.11
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  36. Ashlie wrote:

    I lived in Istanbul for a while and these photos make me so homesick for my favorite city! Especially the kahvaltı and çay in the mornings. Mmm…

    10.14.11
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  37. oh my god these photos are INCREDIBLE I want to visit so so bad. been living vicariously through your tweets and instagrams!

    http://www.dragonnfruit.com

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  38. I was SO happy to see your post about Istanbul! I’m going in December and I am just that much more excited about visiting Istanbul. It will be my first trip there and I can’t wait for December!!!
    Thank you for the beautiful post!

    http://victoriainjapanland.blogspot.com

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  39. Derya wrote:

    My native shore

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  40. Zaina wrote:

    OMG! I was there earlier this year!! Turkey is awesome, i loved it! Thanks for refreshing my memories. teshekur ederim 😉

    10.15.11
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  41. Yildiz wrote:

    Been a Turk luv the way you captured the all the best things we have to offer 🙂
    please do visit us for the newest Turkish fashion trends @ JAPON STYLE

    10.15.11
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  42. melis aggul wrote:

    explained everything to Istanbul.

    10.15.11
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  43. Love your photos!! I feel like I was there.

    theBohmerian.com

    10.15.11
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  44. nazli wrote:

    Can’t believe you were here!! So glad that you love istanbul, I wish I had known that you were coming to Istanbul! Hope you’ll have fun in the south. xx

    kurnazli.com

    10.15.11
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  45. MELK wrote:

    Great Photo’s! Going there in two weeks for the first time, can’t wait!!!! X

    10.15.11
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  46. Gorgeous! I love Istanbul – it’s such an amazing place 🙂

    10.15.11
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  47. Nat wrote:

    Dear Erica and Abe, Come home soon. I miss you, 🙂 Nat
    ps: is that Abe pointing at Asia across the Bosphorus?

    10.15.11
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  48. Ceecee wrote:

    I was there 40 years ago. The Pudding Shop was where all the long hairs gathered. We went to the oldest bath house in town and a naked woman took control of my body, sloughing off dead skin with a mitt made of goat’s hair. I still have one mitt left. I travelled back to NYC carrying a beautiful vase, that I still have and use often. Months later I was working in a bank and a young woman I had met in Istanbul came up to my counter, and we laughed, sharing the feeling of being so lucky to have had such an adventure as Istanbul in 1971.

    10.15.11
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  49. jayne wrote:

    Your photos are amazing! Istanbul has now creeped up the list on places to go. Thanks for that 🙂

    jayne
    http://www.blamejayne.blogspot.com

    10.16.11
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  50. hasan koca wrote:

    welcome to istanbul 🙂

    10.16.11
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  51. timA wrote:

    Ah amazing post!
    Thanks for your words about my lovely city
    Im living in Istanbul and designing traditional jewelries. Please look at my Etsy shop ad tell me your comments.
    Have a nice trip!
    timA

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/timasartstudio

    10.16.11
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  52. Morgan wrote:

    I LOVE Hagia Sophia. It was one of my favorite locations I studied in college. The architecture and the culture and feeling behind it is all just beautiful and so incredibly moving. I am so glad you enjoyed your trip. The jewelry from this time period really inspired me to create my own jewelry business before I came to law school too. But that is on hold. I love your blog! Good luck!

    10.16.11
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  53. Plami wrote:

    Gorgeous! I should definitely go there, especially since I live so near!

    XoXo
    Plami

    http://www.fashionthrill.com/

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  54. Incredible, incredible. And I LOVE these photographs. Just drinking them in.

    10.16.11
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  55. Stephanie wrote:

    I love stalking you guys especially when you travel, you take incredible pictures! I hope you enjoy the rest of your trip, can’t wait to see more!

    Steph / absolutely-fuzzy.com

    10.16.11
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  56. caits wrote:

    ahh i went to turkey earlier this year and istanbul is amazing! i cannot get over it! such a wonderful place. this post makes me want to go back sooo much.

    10.17.11
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  57. Dana wrote:

    Crazy beautiful and so intriguing. I want to go!!! 🙂
    Dana
    http://www.culturedblog.com

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  58. asong wrote:

    i am in love with these photographs… the texture and intricacy is so inspiring…. turkey is amazing! thank you thank you

    10.17.11
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  59. Jan w. wrote:

    What lovely colors and contrasts. You’ve convinced me that this is the place to visit. Thanks!

    10.17.11
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  60. alicia wrote:

    Hello! Looks like an amazing trip. I absolutely adore Istanbul and Turkey in general – more people should visit! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous pictures.

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  61. DDekor wrote:

    Nice Photos

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  62. Melinda wrote:

    Always nice to see people passing through town. Your photos look great – especially the one of the cistern, it’s so dark in there that mine always turn out fuzzy!

    Melinda
    http://www.turkishlydelightful.blogspot.com/

    10.18.11
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  63. Laura wrote:

    Oh I adore Istanbul! I went there for about the same length of time a couple of winters ago. It was just amazing. I smiled seeing this as I have nearly identical photos! Oh to be back
    xxx

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  64. Ebru wrote:

    I have been following your Istanbul pics on Instagram and love the fact that you love my city. I love it too – hence my blog, which I have to admit I have ignored over the oh-so-beautiful summer months, but I will be writing again soon. Thanks for all the beautiful pics…Best, Ebru from http://www.istan-cool.com

    10.18.11
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  65. Ayca wrote:

    Perfect pictures! I’m glad I’m living in this city 🙂 You’ve been lucky to have nice weather. Now it’s windy, rainy and cold 🙁

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  66. lauren wrote:

    AMAZING!!

    thank you for sharing these photos
    Istanbul is a magical place
    I went to Turkey when I was a teenager – and it has stayed with me ever since
    I loved it and hope some day to go back!
    It was nice to return, if only in my mind, through your photos.
    thank you

    xo-L
    http://www.thesphinxandthemilkyway.com

    10.19.11
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  67. Onur wrote:

    All of you have to see Bosphorus and Topkapi and of course İstanbul for once.We are living İstanbul for 24 Hours.Come and enjoy…

    10.20.11
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  68. cherie wrote:

    are there any travel groups that travel to istanbul? it looks absolutely gorgeous, and I would love to go, but not by myself!

    10.23.11
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  69. Erica wrote:

    thanks guys, Istanbul was so magical – I can’t wait to go back! And @zeynep, that is indeed Kale Cafe – I’m obsessed – it was one of my favorites, I went back twice! xx

    10.25.11
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  70. Jess wrote:

    Holy hell! Wish I was there, it looks wonderfully fantastic and beautiful

    http://www.wangsfactory.blogspot.com

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  71. Ayse wrote:

    Great photos…

    11.7.11
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  72. D wrote:

    you picked a good time to visit turkey! did you get to see pammukuale?? that was super wonderful…and saffronbolu where saffron originated…and i have to agree istanbul is an amazing city! =)

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  73. love these images! seems like you’ve seen the most important things!
    xoxo, Betül

    http://balladofseasons.blogspot.com/

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  74. Dekor wrote:

    I would like to thank you as someone living in Turkey. Sharing has been an incredibly beautiful.

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  75. really very beautiful city

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  76. Great Photo’s! Going there in two weeks for the first time, can’t wait!

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  77. Turgay wrote:

    you have perfect pictures

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  78. Turgay wrote:

    also you can see Turkish home decor items

    http://www.tuncergiftshop.com

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