- Stray cats fight with stray cats and stray dogs fight with stray dogs, never with each other. They have either learned to stay out of each others way or have some kind of truce.
- Old City is a ‘touristy’ place but it doesn’t feel like it. The hotels are very small and are nestled in the tiny streets along with locals houses, hostels, and restaurants.
- Wear appropriate clothing when visiting the mosques. Women wear a long skirt or pants and headscarf and men wear pants. Also, you have to take your shoes off, so be prepared by wearing socks.. or going barefoot if you don’t mind that kind of thing.
- You can walk almost anywhere, the city is very much smushed together.
- It may be cheaper to fly here first if you’re going to a country nearby.
- Witness a prayer time in a mosque, but don’t take pictures/video, be respectful. You most likely wouldn’t appreciate it if someone came into your place of worship, got in your face, and started snapping pictures as you were singing or praying.. it’s a private and special time, we are lucky that we are even able to sit in the mosque and witness it.
- The corn they sell from the street cars aren’t worth it, but the sesame seed bread round is.
- Get ice cream, you’ll be in for a fun surprise. (make sure to have your video camera ready).
- Don’t let someone drag you into their restaurant, saying you just ate is a really good excuse.
- Experience a traditional hamam. The whole idea of someone else giving you a bath in a room full of other people may seem weird, but you’ll leave with a lot more self acceptance and confidence.
At our wedding we had the guests vote on where they thought we should go for our honeymoon, and they voted Greece! So, 11 months later, we are finally making the journey! Turkey and Greece, here we come!