Aaaand we have arrived!!!!

21 Jun

When we finally disembarked the plane in Istanbul it was a pretty amazing feeling….all of the nerves that I had been feeling leading up to the trip went away, and I knew that this was where I was supposed to be. The process of getting my visa and going through customs was painless…and finally we were on our way to the metro.


It would take us the different metro trains, a ferry, and taxi to get to our room for the night, but it gave me the chance to see the city of Istanbul whirl by. As we passed through the European side of Istanbul, I saw the signs for so many historic places….the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, the spice market, and palaces. It was unbelievable. I know that we could have spent the whole 2 weeks there and I would not have been able to see everything. I cannot wait until we have the chance to go back there and be tourists!

I didn’t get a chace to shoot any through the European side, but as soon as we got to the ferry….out came the camera! The air was cool and dusk was setting in. It was perfectly romantic and a great introduction into the country I will one day call home.

I know most of you are reading this for the pics….so without further aideu….the sights we saw as we crossed the Bosphorus











Once we made it to the Anatolian side of Istanbul we caught a cab to our room.
But first some more pics from land


Ilker’s dad had arranged a room for us at one of his company’s guest houses. Ilker had warned me that it would be a no frills place, but that it was free and was super close to train station we would be leaving out of the next morning…and that all we were going for was somewhere safe with a bed. Well, when we walked into the room it had twin beds! I had to laugh…first night of our semi honeymoon and we were sleeping in twin beds! But the room was comfy, and I was so tired all. Cared about was a shower and food!

This was our room….


After showering we headed back out to the city to find something to eat. I’m sorry to say that I didn’t take my camera, because I wanted to focus on enjoying a nice diner date with my hubby…and celebrating my first meal in Turkey…which was probably one of the best meals I have had in my life! Y’all seriously…you must visit Turkey just for this dish….it was unbelievable. Next up…the longest day of my life.


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