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Trip Report Istanbul: the city of thousand mosques and thousand teacups

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After a long time dreaming about Istanbul, finally I could go there.
I had tried not to have a concrete expectation of it, but the city was very, very different from my glimpse of thought. It charmed me by both its positive and negative faces (nothing too serious, just some funny stuffs that I'll tell later). I had 2.5 days full of gorgeous landscape, unexpected meetings, and, needless to say, kebab & baklava.

News said that tourism had declined in Istanbul in the current situation, and restaurants were indeed near empty when I was there. But you wouldn't see it at the airport: it took me 1h30 just for passport control! Plenty of Brits, and Southeast Asian passengers. After the airplane landed, I went straight to Immigration, but there were already huge queues, which were moving very slowly.

During the fleeting trip, I could see almost everything that I planned for, and even some things I didn't plan (Bosphorus Bay tour, hammam, tea drinking and more tea drinking). The people were one of the friendliest I have ever met. Foods were excellent, I stuffed myself whenever I could but still haven't tasted half of the dishes I want to try.

Day 1: arriving in the evening, wandering the streets, lured by sellers to buy 1 kg of turkish delight (and happy with it)
Day 2: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Galata brigde
Day 3: Topkapi Palace, Bosphorus Bay tour, Spice Bazaar, Grand Bazaar (I had a busy day there), Hammam relaxing & royal massage
Day 4: Cistern Basilica, depart at noon, transit and wandering in Frankfurt city

I will write probably not in the chronological form, but by topics. Tons of photos, as usual. Even the Frankfurt part is pleasant, albeit very short.

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