Turkey was one of our stopover destinations when we were traveling from India to Finland. With cultural connections dating back to ancient Persia, Greek, Ottoman empires; Turkey is home to iconic mosaics, 14th-century circa Topkapı Palace, domes, and the 17th-century Blue Mosque. As much as, we did not get to explore the city because of the prevailing political tensions, we did end up eating a lot of Turkish food. Turkish Baklava, Kebabs, and Manti were the irresistible picks from our visit. But, most importantly, before departing we did end up buying the blue Turkish evil eye souvenirs for friends and family.
At first, glimpse, when we looked over Turkey from the descending heights of a clear blue sky, we found ourselves getting closer to the Minarets that prominently marked Istanbul’s presence. That girdled with a trail of decorative illumination as if, a celebration was on its way.
A few minutes later, we were at the Istanbul Atatürk Airport gallivanting across Duty-Free, food courts, and the branded showrooms. From relishing a hot cup of tea at Indian Express to savoring a Burger King meal, we were going gaga with the number of options we had.
The food court is usually overcrowded so, for our return trip, we decided to dine at Tadında Anadolu or Kitchenette, both lovely open-air restaurants. On our return trip, we also tried the Turkish Icecream, where the gentleman serving it flipped the IC a couple of times before, finally handing it over to us. An activity that turned us into a child at the moment! From our shopping escapades, the blue pottery, evil eye, Turkish Cigars, and Turkish sweets are what made it to our Indian friends and family. All along, our time at the airport we wished we had the chance to visit Istanbul’s most-famous Sultan Ahmed Mosque.
Eventually, when we took off from the airport, we did get a chance to spot the Mosque from a distance. Except for this time, the Mosque and the Prophet Tombs were gleaming with lights under a crescent moon. We missed touching the delicate carvings on this trip, but, we hope to return soon only to immerse in a mosaic vacation.