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Cihangir

Once upon a lazy afternoon, I ploughed the hilly roads of Cihangir with my broken DSLR on one arm and an aquarium of a handbag on another. In it, are what I call my travel essentials. Not my passport, neither a lot of cash (in fact, I only had 90 liras in my pocket), but a book of true travel tales by great fiction writers, an iPod loaded with music […]

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Taksim Travel Guide

{Jamel and I on a mission to unearth Taksim’s ‘Must Do’ list} Istiklal street, stretched out wildly at both ends where your vision can’t reach, offers one thousand and one delights to get your senses dancing. From sprawling shops and stalls to lonely streets that branch out to temporary escapes for the jaded who need a break from hustling, there is always something new to discover; provided a pair of curious […]

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Best Kebab in Istanbul

Looking for a satisfying, hearty meal in a busy city like Istanbul can be tough, especially when there are so many restaurants and stalls selling the same thing: kebab. Shortly after only 3 days in Turkey, my stomach started repulsing at the idea of skewered meat and giant piles of rice as side. Haqqi, a huge Egyptian man who owns a tour agency in the country, convinced us that Oz Urfa Restaurant […]

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Istanbul Travel Guide III

After licking the legendary one-pan eggs clean, I dragged Ken, my travel partner for the day, along for window shopping. Here are the top 3 places we explored: 1. Spice Market These are the few things to check out at the colorful bazaar: {the rich scents of a hundred spices} {precious handmade soaps displayed like jewels} {candies, nuts, and candied nuts} {earthen wares to keep your favorite accessories} {painted ceramics […]

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Legendary One-Pan Eggs

The most mind-blowing dish I had during my ENTIRE stay at Turkey was surprisingly – scrambled eggs. In Turkey, they are called menemen, and mind you they are NOT your regular eggs. Scrambled with fresh tomatoes, sweet peppers, and seasoned with spices, this classic Turk breakfast is served hot in a pan with your preferred ‘special’ – cheese / beef / chicken / you get the idea. I chanced upon a restaurant […]

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Istanbul Travel Guide II

Every brand new day brings new things in store for one when traveling. Here are 3 new suggestions for one’s second day in Istanbul; a travel guide disguised as a travelogue or a travelogue disguised as a travel guide; alas I can’t quite decide . . . 1. Bosphorus Sea Boat Cruise  If you have a lover by your side to taste the sea breeze off each other’s lips or […]

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Istanbul Travel Guide I

“I won’t be seeing you tomorrow. Will you be okay?” I’ve not met anyone who has any space left to worry about the rest of the world during her wedding week and that’s what makes Ai Rene kinda special. I assured her I’ll be with her family and that I’m just a phone call away, before she disappeared for the next few days to prep for her big day. 3rd […]