Okies in Istanbul

Gals gazing at a sweet shop

Gals gazing at a sweet shop

Istanbul is by far one of my favorite cities in the world. Each time I visit, I wonder to myself why I am not living there. However, not living there might help it remain magical. Maybe one day I’ll change my mind, but for now, it’s always an enjoyable adventure, and I love joining people who are experiencing it for the first time. Plus, it’s a city where there is always more to discover, and it’s fun discovering new jewels each time I go. I have been fortunate enough to have had a handful of visitors in Turkey, and to have spent time with each of them in this mystical city. Here I will share a recap in photos of some adventures I’ve had with dear friends and family visiting from Oklahoma, most all of whom I’ve been lucky to know since we were children.

With Angela and Katie in front of a gentrified  neighborhood

With Angela and Katie in front of a gentrified neighborhood

Galata Tower is one of my favorite landmarks

Galata Tower is one of my favorite landmarks

One must purchase a fish sandwich off a boat in Karakoy or Eminonu

One must purchase a fish sandwich off a boat in Karakoy or Eminonu

Balik ekmek, or fish sandwich

Balik ekmek, or fish sandwich

Everything is fun with my parents!

Everything is fun with my parents!

So many boats pass through this straight every day

So many boats pass through this straight every day

Katie and Angela in the Grand Bazaar

Katie and Angela in the Grand Bazaar

Carpet shopping in the Grand Bazaar

Carpet shopping in the Grand Bazaar

Turkish carpets are amazing

Turkish carpets are amazing

It's always hard to make a decision

It’s often hard to make a decision

But there is always tea while you ponder

But there is always tea while you ponder

Fauna's first simit!

Fauna’s first simit!

kofte on the street

kofte on the street

matching sweaters

matching sweaters

There is all sorts of shopping to be done

There is all sorts of shopping to be done

Don't forget to pick up some hamam towels in various colors

Don’t forget to pick up some hamam towels in various colors

Bird's nests

Bird’s nests

Istanbul has everything

Istanbul has everything

Street art

Street art

"They call it chaos, we call it home"

“They call it chaos, we call it home”

There are so many things to see and do in Istanbul

There are so many things to see and do in this city, and this is just a small section

Yes it can be crowded in areas...

Yes it can be crowded in areas…

But peace and beauty exist as well

But peace and beauty exist as well (and so many tulips!)

And there are some excellent views!

And there are excellent views!

That are not to be missed

Not to be missed

Fauna and I on Galata Bridge

Fauna and I on Galata Bridge

Welcoming my sister and brother-in-law to Istanbul

Welcoming my sister and brother-in-law to Istanbul

Their first Turkish coffee in Turkey

Their first Turkish coffee in Turkey

The coffees just get more beautiful!

The coffees just get more beautiful!

Fun times around Istanbul

Fun times around Istanbul with family

Inside the spectacular Hagia Sophia

Inside the spectacular Hagia Sophia

Old and new merge together

Old and new merge

My fashion designer sister in front of HER bridal gown designer's shop

My fashion designer sister in front of HER bridal gown designer’s shop

The nightlife here is quite colorful

The nightlife here is quite colorful

Jamie and I lived together my first year of university, and now here she is in Istanbul!

Jamie and I lived together my first year of university, and now here she is in Istanbul!

Carissa and Marcus

Carissa and Marcus and the Blue Mosque

This great couple will be parents come July 2015!

This great couple will be parents come July 2015!

Churches are tucked away up and down Istiklal Street

Churches are tucked away up and down Istiklal Street

The Church of St. Anthony of Padua is the largest church along Istiklal

The Church of St. Anthony of Padua is the largest church along Istiklal

At least stop in and light a candle

At least stop in and light a candle

Istiklal is always bustling

Istiklal is always bustling

A street car runs up and down Istiklal Street

A street car runs up and down Istiklal Street

So much doner!

So much doner!

Frothy ayran might be an acquired taste, but is eventually quite addictive

Frothy ayran might be an acquired taste, but is eventually quite addictive

I think Fauna enjoyed her ayran

I think Fauna enjoyed her ayran

I absolutely LOVE pickles!

I absolutely LOVE pickles!

My parents in front of our apartment for a few days

My parents in front of our apartment for a few days

Visiting my favorite vendors

Visiting my favorite vendors

There is character around every corner in Istanbul

There is character around every corner in Istanbul

Details

Details

Mom purchasing simit on the street

Mom purchasing simit on the street

Nevizade is always bustling

Nevizade is always bustling

Selecting meze in Nevizade

Selecting meze in Nevizade

Serefe!

Serefe!

Our last dinner with mom and dad, in the neighborhoods around Galata Tower

Our last dinner with mom and dad, in the neighborhoods around Galata Tower

An SHS reunion of sorts, with new friends as well

An SHS reunion of sorts, with new friends as well

Unfortunately, since it was a holiday, Kapali Carsi (the Grand Bazaar) was kapali (closed)

Unfortunately, since it was a holiday, Kapali Carsi (the Grand Bazaar) was kapali (closed)

Mosques are magnificent

Mosques are magnificent

my good friend Fauna in the courtyard of Yeni Cami

my good friend Fauna in the courtyard of Yeni Cami

A ferry ride along the Bosphorus is  enjoyable as long as the weather is pleasant, and close-up views of Maiden's Tower are a plus

A ferry ride along the Bosphorus is enjoyable as long as the weather is pleasant, and close-up views of Maiden’s Tower are a plus

Fauna and Sean enjoying the view on the Bosphorus

Fauna and Sean enjoying the view on the Bosphorus

Istanbul by night

Istanbul by night

Goodbyes are the hardest, but at least we can look forward to the next meeting

Goodbyes are the hardest, but at least we can look forward to the next meeting

I hope we will all return to Istanbul again someday, and spend more time discovering this amazing city together! Thanks, friends!

 

One thought on “Okies in Istanbul

  1. absolutely love your photos- brings back such nice memories of our time there!! A photo book of Turkey by Latasha Wilson –Do it!!

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