Istanbul – I Will Be There One Day

Kalai By Kalai, 4th Oct 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1kvt9rix/
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Of all the cities in the world, where would you like to visit. The modern cities like New York and Paris, the fun filled ones like Las Vegas and Gold Coast, or is there somewhere else that you dream about, that you know you will visit one day.

A City Of Untold Tales

The city I would love to visit would be Istanbul. Not for me the so called newer cities, the theme parks and flashy lights but something older, something the speaks of romance to me, of a time from the past. Perhaps, this is due to all that hours that I have spent with my nose buried in books of tales of the past, of mouth- watering food and spices and of gardens and buildings from another world.

I am told that Istanbul has it all that I seek and for this reason I have placed it on my must visit city. Istanbul is said to be the City of Four Empires; the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Latin Empire, and the Ottoman Empire. With a history such as this, one can only imagine the tapestry of culture and traditions here, not to mention the remains of each of these empires. I would love to stroll among the old churches, mosques and other buildings of the old. My interest is not on the modern lights that I am sure will be found in the more modern areas of Istanbul but rather in its history. I am to that Istanbul is a melting pot of different cultures even today and this I am sure will be a delight for someone like me. I can imagine what it would have been like in the era of the past with merchants and traders walking down the streets of Istanbul. The cultural heritage of Istanbul, for me is not merely to be seen from a distance but to be immersed and savored to truly appreciated. I would definitely seek to stay in the older parts of the city for this purpose and make my stay a long one. I have heard so much of the Grand Bazaar, the Spice Bazaar, The Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and so many more places of interest. I have googled them all but it is nothing like being there isn’t it?

A City Of Delights

Turkish Delight, this one word just about sums up my greed. I have tasted various types of Turkish desserts, but this brings back memories from childhood when I had my first taste of this delight. Istanbul, with its impressive history is bound to be a food-lovers paradise. I just can’t wait to try the famous Ottomon cuisine, the meat cooked with spices that is said to be synonymous to Istanbul. I am also told that the famous Turkish Delight is only the beginning of a wide range of mouthwatering desserts with flavors so unique that it cannot be found in any other part of the world.
Let’s not forget the shopping. I have seen so many pictures of the bazaars in Istanbul and I think that they are simply wonderful. The spices and the sheer variety of things sold in these bazaars will keep me happy for a long time. I really hope to get my hands on the authentic, handmade items by the local craftsmen. It intricate workmanship is truly beautiful.
I heard that Istanbul has a very vibrant nightlife too but unfortunately this does not appeal to me. Snooping around the older parts of the city and getting to know the locals is more of my cup of tea. I do hope, this dream of my will one day come true and until then, Adios Istanbul. I will visit you. one day.

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City Of Four Empires, Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, The Byzantine Empire, The Latin Empire, The Ottoman Empire, The Roman Empire, Turkey, Turkish Delight

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author avatar Kalai
Into English Literature in a big way. Have been an educator for many, many years. Also into health and food issues. Love to read. Will read just about anything and everything. A very happy person.

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author avatar M G Singh
4th Oct 2013 (#)

I have been to Istanbul. Lovely place.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
5th Oct 2013 (#)

Beautiful city and people too!

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