We spent four days in Istanbul with no real plan or itinerary,
just a few spots we had written down that we would like to see. We had booked an airbnb just off Taksim square with a view of the water, we found it, dropped our stuff off and just began to explore. One of the best things about the city was the fact that almost every thing was within walking distance. You can take trams and taxis but we didn’t really at all. I think I remember taking one taxi at the end of the day because we were both really tired and just over it but for the majority of the time we just walked everywhere. We started with all the major things like The New Mosque, Galata tower for sunset, the grand Bazar and Blue Mosque and so on and so on.
This is the Blue Mosque from a few angles.
We headed over to the Asian side of Istanbul by boat one day also just to have a look. Personally I actually liked it a little better. It was not as pretty and did not have as may sites to check out but it was a much better representation of what life in Istanbul is actually like. People were working normal jobs and doing normal things and there was a distinct lack of tourists.
We did however just spend the majority of our time walking around. We just explored the city and it was amazingly beautiful! It is easy to get caught up in trying to see everything there is to see in as short a time as possible but that has never really been my thing. I have always tried to explore cities beyond the landmarks. Sometimes I am disappointed sometimes I am beyond stoked. This time I was really happy we chose to just explore.
The view from Galata Bridge.
The tunnel under Galata.Some local architecture. This was the view from our accommodation at our airbnb.
This was the view from Galata tower at sunset.Inside part of the Grand Bazar.
This is the sort of stuff we saw just walking around the city. I do not know where any of it is actually located but we just let ourselves get lost for a few hours a day.