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Istanbul: Where east meets west, and religions and cultures seem to all converge in one giant melting pot.
The city has a million things to do, so do you want to know what we planned on doing during our two days there?
Okay, not that we weren’t going to do anything, but we had nothing specific on our agenda, which for us is pretty uncommon (we are the type who have 100 things we want to check out every day). Yes, we wanted to hit the Hagia Sofia and Blue Mosque, but other than that, we were winging it. And it was awesome.
In a city as alive as Istanbul, when you go with no specific agenda, you can have true freedom. The freedom to explore down the quirky streets, chat with the locals, and in this case, eat a whole lot of Turkish ice cream (which trust me folks, it’s amazing…like taffy and ice cream combined…mmmmm).
We cruised the Bosphorus. Sampled gourmet Turkish delight at the Spice Bazaar. Bargained prices like pros at the Grand Bazaar. Dressed the kids up like Turkish royalty. Bought some shoes from a local cobbler. Posed for selfies with endless strangers (okay, this was mostly the kids – everyone here simply has to have pictures with these red headed kids and I’m sure in some foreign land, the kids are social media superstars).