We arrived early in the morning last Monday into Istanbul from London.  We were staying at the MARMARA PERA. This hotel is simple with an incredible staff that is very clever, helpful and nice. The room is a good size. The view was a pretty city view and the location was perfect. Right in the middle of Taksim Square, Beyoglu, and up the street from Tunel.  We also were not a far walk from Cihangir  ( the very hip area of the city).

Upon arrival we got out into the streets and had some fresh squeezed juice – we love juicing so this was incredible !


Saw some street art – DSC07681DSC07675DSC07682DSC07673Then we were off to lunch at Van Kahvalti Evi

DSC07688We had our first Istanbul yummy breakfast/ lunch experience


We walked around and saw the beautiful architecture and this incredible tower – GALATA – find it and go up to the top – it has incredible views of the city !

DSC07680DSC07679DSC07678We walked to the W Hotel of ISTANBUL which is a very pretty spot.  It would also be a wonderful place to stay ! A friend is friend with the owner and he gave us incredible suggestions – we are very thankful for all his help !


We loved all the street lights

DSC07699DSC07695That night we had dinner at CHANGA a very well respected restaurant with incredible food.  The other cool aspect is the kitchen is below you but they have an open window on the floor so you can see the chef creating your choices ! After dinner we enjoyed dessert at this incredible spot – SARAY DSC07709DSC07712DSC07715

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