The question can not be answered easily. Istanbul has many facets and there is much to be discovered. We started our journey on the very first evening. We took the bus from Sabiha Gokcen airport to the Bosporus, on the Asian side. A ferry took us to the European side, and to sweeten the ride, we drank a Turkish tea, which was served by friendly waiters. From the ferry station we walked through the old part of town, Sultanahmed, to our hotel. On our way we passed beautifully lit historical buildings, as well as some very inviting restaurants and cafes, which showcased their turkish delights in their shop windows. We could not resist and tried them on the spot. A taste sensation, mmmh.
The next day we started our ‘expedition’ buying transparent umbrellas. An investment that paid off, since it rained almost continuously. Now we were ready to explore the historical town and surrounding area. If the queue seemed too long, we admired the building from the outside and asked about a good time to come back, so that we could do it later or the next day. This way we got a good impression of Istanbul and visited all the famous buildings and explored them without any crowds.
Have a look at the following images to get an idea of the beautiful things you can find in Istanbul. We will definitely visit Istanbul again.