To see the previous post, Turkey Part I: The Wedding, click here
After the wedding, I spent a couple days in Istanbul. Istanbul is an interesting mix of western and eastern culture, and has both that 'old city' and modern vibe. You can go from bargaining in bazaars for the finest spices one minute to shopping malls and Topshop, Sephora and MANGO the next.
The Blue Mosque is absolutely breathtaking when you see it from a distance in the skyline. However, there was no sign of people raising money or awareness of the earthquake.. probably because of the issues between Turkish people and Kurdish. Sadly I didn't even see an appeal or people raising money in the mosques after prayer times, and even overheard people dismissing it as a 'Kurdish' issue... doesn't affect them so much, which is sad. If you can donate anything, even a couple quid, you can do so here.
Here's some snaps from the trip:
|Mother and child|
|Inside the Blue Mosque|
|Wearing a simple oversized blue shirt from Bershka. They always have something like this in stock in various colours, and for very cheap (around £10) - so useful to throw on, very loose, long-sleeved|
|The Turks are extremely patriotic...|
|Wearing River Island camel-coloured trousers (these are super light and loose..almost Indian inspired), red loose-fitted New Look simple T and my Topshop apron jacket|
|Love this girl's pants|
|Cool prints and designs|
|Blue Mosque ceiling|
|The more modern area around Taksim square - here you'll find everything from Nike to Topshop, with donner kebab slots in between|