To make the sight-seeing process easier in a country that is large enough to keep us busier for much longer than just one week, we traveled with a guided company in order to make the most out of our time. Our week was mostly spent in Instanbul and cities along the western coast, including Cumalikizik, Bursa, Sardis, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Selcuk, Izmir, Pergamon, Troy, Canakkale, and Gallipoli.
A view of the Bosphorous River from outside the Beylerbeyi Palace
To say our week was filled with seeing palaces, mosques, and Roman ruins would be a huge understatement. After a while, the mosques looked a little similar and the rocks of the ruins blended together, but everywhere we went was beautiful, albeit very hot.
A myriad of evil eye souvenirs in the Grand Bazaar
Our schedule was broken up with stops to the spice market, silk market, the Grand Bazaar, a carpet co-op, and a leather outlet. Our meals were filled with traditional Turkish fare ranging from meats like iskender kabob, adena kabob, gozleme, and borek, desserts such as dondurma ice cream, halwa, baklava, and drinks including apple tea and turkish coffee. The trip lived up to the hype: turk down for what.
Trying a cup of aromatic hot apple tea
An authentic Turkish meal prepared by the workers of a carpet co-op