Istanbul is the mystic hallmark that ties Europe and Asia since the ancient times. Without a doubt, Istanbul is certainly one of the most mesmerizing places I’ve seen! I had been planning the Turkey trip for over two years and like they say in the Law of Attraction, it worked… I think, consciously or unconsciously, I only prayed
to go for a holiday, and that too, to Turkey!
From the dipping rock formations in Cappadocia to the ruins of the Ephesus, from the warm thermal pools in Pamukkale to the sandy beaches of Antalya, visiting Turkey has been a surreal experience. Istanbul, in particular, is absolutely breathtaking. It seems like I’ve left a piece of my heart there and I keep going back.
The day used to start with a sandwich breakfast every morning. Bright red ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, variety of cheese, eggs and bread! I usually get bored of eating the same thing again and again. Though the breakfast spread was similar at
all locations; i didn’t get tired of eating even a bit. Take a look at the bright ripe
organic tomatoes… believe it or not, the tomatoes were as big as duce balls. I
was fascinated with these cutie patooties because in India, I haven’t really seen
such huge tomatoes!
The Spice Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the largest bazaars in the city. Vibrant spices along with jewel like Turkish delights, are an eye candy for thousands of tourists and locals who come here every day. I visited this shop called Mis Mis there. The
shopkeeper Akram Sam, a wonderful gentleman who ensured that he kept his
customers happy. I got to taste Baklavas and Fresh Turkish Delights. That one shop was a bazaar in itself – so many varieties of dry organic teas, Lokums (aka Turkish Delights) and spices. I ended up shopping and how!
Let me share few pictures of the specialties that I came across at the Spice Bazaar!
Spices of course..
Soft and chewy, Turkish Delights are best when tasted fresh. The most prominent flavours are Pomegranate and Pistachio. Other flavours include Saffron, Almond, Lemon, Chocolate, Figs, Rose and many more.
PS: Do not buy the dry ones. Loaded with confectioner’s sugar and taste bad.
Talking of teas, I miss few moments of silence & calm accompanied by a tiny glass of instant Apple Tea! An all-time classic, sweet with that crusty apple flavour, Apple tea is refreshing and delightful! It makes me happy in an instant.
Thank you Turkey, for giving me wonderful memories to cherish and a taste that will linger on for a while.