June 24, 2011

I clearly love Istanbul!!!

As promised, here are more pictures of my recent trip to fabulous and gigantic Istanbul. I could bore you with facts about this city like that it links two continents (Europe and Asia), had two other names before it was eventually named Istanbul and so forth but I won't. I know you want to look at pictures and get lost and all...I know I want to. 

My birthday cake, and midnight snack! iPhone pictures sometimes don't turn out right. :(
At midnight our door bell rang, and really I don't open the door that late. Though my cousin insisted, and so I opened and ta-da!! Cake and champagne were both grinning at me. Yay. Although I don't like chocolate I ate tons of this cake, just because it was that good. Lucky me, lots of cherries were inside so I could enjoy it more.

Random shots with views, and funny dogs going for a swim!
It's the small things in life that make me smile!

Instead of taking a taxi we decided to walk down to the ferry station, which can be a walk, but Europeans love to walk so we didn't really mind! Although it was a hot day, and we were tired since we only slept like four hours that previous night. But the view was just gorgeous!

Took the two pictures above from the ferry, hence the visible reflection. The Maiden's Tower is one of my favorites in Istanbul, but the Haydarpaşa Terminal is my absolute favorite of all. Last year in November my friend posted real pictures she took while the roof had a visit by the flame doctor...haha. It hurt to see such a magnificent building burn.

Now this is something you may think what in the world was Selma thinking to even take this picture?! I wonder, too. However, I wanted to capture the beauty of this city with all there is to it, and such "holes" are everywhere. Even in the better areas. Believe it or not, I know for a fact that this exact "hole" has been there just like that since 2007. Maybe longer. 
These lovely holes though did not hinder me from wearing my new red wedges, or heels. You get easily used to these and all those ridiculously crooked streets, and once you walk on straight ground again you wonder why it's more difficult to walk; happened to me in the land of neutrality.

Not the best picture but it looks quite romantic with all the lights and all; just quite perfect...
...I know I will be back! :)

Hope you enjoyed these photos.
There's just a few more I want to share with you decided I'd wait a little and post it another time. :)

Happy Friday, and happy weekend everyone!!!



Meghan said...

Oh my gosh, that cake looks divine! What a great birthday surprise!

And I cannot get over the beauty of Istanbul. I love old, historic buildings and monuments!

Hannah {Culture Connoisseur} said...

Wow. I wish you could have packed me in your suitcase. What a beautiful place. And that cake...holy smokes!

Al said...

YAY!!! Istanbul!!! Thanks for your lovely comment, and I would love for you to follow the new blog :)


There is a picture up there that looks like we are getting married...did you go to a restaurant called Floria? Something like that...

It is almost the same image as one I have when I was there.

Again, thanks and look forward to getting to know more of you!

Claire said...

wow! loks great< and that cake...mmmmmm

Alexa said...

Beautiful pics. Would love to go there someday!

Jennifer Fabulous said...

My eyes are still dancing from that delicious looking cake. Yummy!

These photos are beautiful. You are lucky to travel to such wonderful countries. :)

Malin said...

Istanbul is one of those places I've been wanting to go to for a while (like Prague and Budapest), but that I just haven't gotten around to... It's on my list!

Jamie-Lee Burns said...

It looks so beautiful there - thanks for sharing these pics x

Sienna said...

omg istanbul is one of my fave places in the entire world, these pics make me so nostalgic, love!!!

Titine and totoche said...

More pics!!
Plus your birthday cake looks delicious!!

Courtney B said...

Um, that cake looks AMAZING!! Happy belated birthday!! :)
And GORGEOUS pictures!! Like wow!! This is now at the top of my vacation destination list!!

Sierra said...

What gorgeous pictures girl - I especially love the last shot and thinks the blurriness makes it super romantic! ;)

Also love the bricks that are missing - it has such character that shot and all of the water is just gorgeous. Good for you for wearing your heels too! ;) He he.

Unknown said...

Wow, Istanbul is totally different than I ever thought it was. It's so beautiful. I'm glad you were able to share these pictures with us, so we can see what it's actually like.

shopgirl said...

Your trip to Istanbul looks awesome Selma! Thanks for sharing it with us. By the way, that hole in Turkey looks like a few holes here where I live....in Italy. :-)))

Natasha Contreras said...

I absolutely love Istanbul! Such a gorgeous city. I dream of going back all the time.

Awesome blog. Follow each other?


Ashley Mariah said...

Gorgeous pictures! and that cake looks delicious!


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