An American in Istanbul

Updated: Aug 22, 2019

the busy street of Divan Yolu

Brett here, the husband of the wonderful Melanie! ;) Shortly after Thanksgiving, I took a solo trip to Turkey and Ukraine since Melanie was doing a girls trip with some friends of hers. Here is my adventure in the intriguing country of Turkey! Turkey has so much history to learn about, interesting cuisines to taste, and countryside to explore. Istanbul, Turkey's largest city, was in the top five most visited cities in the world but has dropped to number eight due to terrorism in recent years. I went on a solo journey to this historical city and enjoyed every minute of it. From touring the inside of Hagia Sophia to finding good deals in the Grand Bazaar with my new Russian friends. I was actually in Istanbul on two different occasions – before and after my trip to Kiev, Ukraine. The first time I stayed in the Sultanahmet area and the second time in the Yesilkoy neighborhood.

Sultan Ahmet Camii / Blue Mosque

front view of the Blue Mosque

views of the Blue Mosque