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Merhaba Everyone and thank you so much for clicking the link to read this one! Today we are going to the city where all the blog posts started from, ISTANBUL. I consider Istanbul as my second home, a place where I left my heart.

Since a lot of you are going to travel this summer, this is a simple post that you can follow for anyone who have a limited time in Istanbul, going through a transit trip or just for whatever reason you have, ZEINA is here to help. Your guide to enjoy 1 day in Istanbul.

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My 1st picture in Istanbul.

I am going to assume you will arrive by a plane. There is two airports in Istanbul; Ataturk and Sabiha-gokcen. From Ataturk you can either take a havatas bus or a metro to reach the center (note that you must have an Istanbul card to use the metro). From Sabiha Gokcen you have to take the havatas bus. You can take the same buses when you are going back.

Here is the link for everything related to the havatas buses:

havatas bus lines

From Sabiha-gokcen to Taksim – 15 TL

From Ataturk to Taksim  – 12 TL

The 1st stop is Taksim, I mean Istanbul is famous for its Taksim square and Iistiklal street, If you haven’t been there before then YOU MUST see it. Shop and eat (FOOD IS EVERYTHING GIRLS) and  walk to the very very very end of Istiklal street (with all of your shopping bags, struggle is real) to an area called Şişhane. At the end of Şişhane you will see the great Galata Tower! IT IS GREAT! I love this place, drink Chai there or whatever you want. Try for a million times to take a good selfie which will never happen, believe I tried.

After this, by google maps if you walked down to the main street from Galata, opposite way to Taksim square (I am struggling to describe the direction hehe). Anyways you will reach Kadikoy from there take a ferry to Üsküdar, which is the ZEINA replacement for the touristic ‘bosphorus tour’, cool right?

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That place.

This place is really beautiful and calm and you will just enjoy it, you can have food (Balik ekmek) or just have a walk and of course take pictures!! (Always my recommendation, PICTURES!!).

Then what Now? If this is your 1st time in Istanbul then YOU HAVE TO SEE THE mosques!

Take a ferry back to Karaköy or Eminonu and then from there take a tramway to Sultanahmet. Wait for it, wait for it, here you go! the most beautiful mosques of all times.

In the area of sultanahmet there is also, Topkapi palace and the Basilica Cistern which is one of the places that you have to see.

Zeina tip: buy some Simit with Nutella such an tasty little meal on the go.

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Blue Mosque, Hasan’s picture.

After finishing the tour, you should say goodbye to Istanbul in Ortaköy the place of kumpir and waffles YUMMMM! grab one and sit next to the sea and enjoy the magic of the lovely Istanbul.

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Ortakoy Cami

Yalla (Arabic way to say lets go) go back the airport, this was a mini tiny version of activities you can do in Istanbul. Follow this link to learn more about Turkey and reasons to visit 8 reasons why should you visit Turkey!

Have you ever been charmed by such city?

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This blog is another blog post of the series 101. It will guide you on where to go for new cool places to enjoy the epic view and the awesome profile picture after it ( I mean we all want the best profile pic ever Duh).

For this I am going to mention 3 places that I, myself used to go and any new friends will ask me to take them there ( HELLO EVERYONE). The places are; The secret rooftop, Balat and Pierre Loti .

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doing the Pose!

lets start with my Favorite place of all times and I went there literally 20 times (and got a picture each time hehe).  I will keep it very very simple and very easy so all of you can send me your pictures later (I mean you have to, I am not asking).

Istanbul Secret Rooftop

Type Büyük Valdie Han in your google maps and follow the way, you will pass by many markets and you will buy so many things ( like really so many things), while you are walking buy some fresh orange, lemon or pomegranate juice (tastes amazing for only 3 TL, See the cute old man). Then you will go up a hill and die of climbing then will see a big, old door with Büyük Valide Han written above it. THEN (a lot of then’s ) take the 1st stairs on your left (LEFT PEOPLE not right), afterwards walk toward the roof and you will see some old grumpy guy pay him 1 TL and go upstairs.

Wait for it, wait for it, HERE YOU GO!! wait in-line and just breath in the epic view 😀 (Rehmaaa heyyy)

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Balat

Its part of the old city in Istanbul, close to the sea, and have such a beautiful beautiful streets. You can just walk there and embrace the history and see how people reshaped the past to fit their needs for nowadays. I mean lovely with the eye heart emoji.

 

And there is some high school or university there that is just breathtaking seriously YOU must see it just to see how beautiful it is. It is on the very top so you have to walk a little bit (ALOT) but its worth it!

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This picture doesn’t really tell how gorgeous the place is.

Lastly, Eyüp or the Pierre Loti

Eyüp itself is very beautiful, spiritual place with its famous mosque Eyüp Cami, you can just sit in the yard and enjoy the people and THE CATS (cats must be involved)!

Behind Eyüp there is a graveyard and teleferik that will lead you to Pierre Loti. You can either walk through the graveyard, up the hill (Really don’t know why all my places are up a hill) or you can take the teleferik to reach there. I can describe how the view is amazing, you have to see it by yourself!

Zeina Tip: after you go finish from the teleferik, walk by the sea and take a small ride in a small boat for 2o TL :D.

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Cool right!

These were a few of of my most favorite places in Istanbul, everyone of them has a different place in my heart!

 

Have you ever been to one of the places above?

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Pierre Loti view at night.

Hello everyone, welcome to my very first blog!
Let me introduce myself in one sentence, My name is Zeina Atamish, 24
soon to be 25 (ugh) years old, MBA holder and a chemical Engineer, been living in Istanbul for one year and a half and killing it.

This blog will guide you through your 1st week in Istanbul if you were a student, a solo traveller or basically anyone :D. It will include; BASIC Turkish language words, things you must have to move around and basic enjoyable activities.

My brother and Örtaköy Cami

First things first!! Turkish words you need to know!! ( I spend my 1st week saying thank you in Turkish cause I didn’t know anything, ugh struggle is real people, struggle is real):

Merhaba : Hello ( use it with everyone!! like I did ).

Türkçe bilmiyorum: I don’t know Turkish, which believe me, YOU WILL NEED IT. In case you don’t know, Turkish people don’t speak English :)))) * though some of them do.

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Cute Fish Street seller posing for a Pic.

Ne Kadar: this is used to ask about the price of anything. USE it and use a calculator or your fingers to understand the numbers, cute right!

Nerede: this word is used to ask about a place; for example: Sultan ahmet nerede? add the place you want to go and this word after it, they will have their own way to explain the road to you 😀 which mean HANDS!

and Of course my 1st word that I learned here, Teşekkürler which means Thank you.

Move on to the second thing that we are going to mention here THINGS you need to have to move around and believe me you need them! BADLY:

1st : Istanbul Kart, which is as shown in the picture, a normal card that is used in every transportation ( Bus, Metro , Mertobus, tramvay and ferries), you can buy those cards from any newspaper places (like in the picture ) which will cost around 6 TL (1.5 $). You can fill it in any machine near the metros, ferries, etc.. one ride will cost you 2.45 TL (0.5 $) the 2nd ride will be half the price.

2nd: APPLICATIONS!!!!! Istanbul has two main used application for moving around; Trafi (Click to download ) and mooveit (Click to download ). They will both show you the way ( I mean if you get lost in the middle of no where with Turkish people all around you, no English! those apps will be your lover).

Finally, you are visiting Istanbul, the city that never sleeps, a beautiful lovely city where both history and present meet. I am pretty sure there is a million page on google that show you the 10 best places you should visit and I am telling you visit them all! But for me, the beautiful things to do in this city are drinking Chai (Tea) with a sea view, walking in old streets, feeding the cats (Istanbul cats and dogs are the best) and mostly feel the culture and the history.

 

At the end, Thank you for spending minutes of your day to read my article and I will keep posting things I find interesting. Please leave me a comment or send me an email if you need any kind of help in Istanbul.

Disclaimer, All the pictures here are my pictures and were taken by me.