This is a very special cuisine with different delicacies by its starters, soups, main dishes and deserts. The Ottoman cuisine is a very unique cuisine which combines sour and sweet sometimes. For example, tomato entered into the Ottoman cuisine in late 1800s and before that meat dishes were cooked by fruits like plumps. If you find yourself in Istanbul make sure to visit a restaurant which is specialised on the Ottoman cuisine. I can advise you a historical restaurant from my own experience which is named Haci Abdullah in the İstiklal street, Beyoğlu. I visited this restaurant last month and I can recommend you to try. You will come across with big various pickles jars and compotes of varied fruits at the entrance. We had “kuzu incik” Lamb shank (kuzu incik) requires long cooking time. Chefs marinate the lamb shanks in milk mixed with the garlic cloves and rosemary preferably overnight. It is cooked with potatoes, carrot, onion, thyme, rosemary, paprika, bay leaves and peppercorns in a pot about 4 hours. It is a very popular dish in Turkey.
Second dish we ordered was “kuzu tandir” again by lamb meat cooked tediously in special oven served with the Ottoman pilav (rice). This Ottoman pilav is very rich with its ingredients. It contains dried raisins, dried apricots, walnuts, almond and pinenuts which is used in Turkish olive oiled vegetable cooking, and the pilav enriched by cinnamon and black pepper. You can see the both dishes in the pictures. And don’t forget to eat plump or any other fruit compote after meal. Try it you won’t regret and prices are reasonable.
Istanbul is the best located city in the world with easy connections and short distances to Europe, North Africa and Middle East in all sides. Its location makes it a good short city break escapes. You can see the old town and historical buildings in 2-3 days. It was originally built on the European side, on the historical peninsula called “Sarayburnu” surrounded by the city walls, by being capital to three European empires. There’s one thing real , this unique beauty deserves to be enjoyed.
The Maiden Tower, you can take boat transfers from Üsküdar province.You can go to Üsküdar station from in Sarayburnu Penisula by Marmaray metro line which goes under the sea in two three minutes, by your Istanbulcard which costs you to own 3-4 eur.
The Galata Tower where from the first flight is experienced by made up wings of a human Hazerfen Ahmet Celebi. You can find more about the history of the tower. You can go there either by entering streets from Karaköy coast and climb or you can go there from the Istiklal Street in Beyoglu, Taksim.
Churches, synagogues and mosques are next to each other in Istanbul where you can see in older neighbourhoods.
I couldn’t add the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace Museum’s pictures, and many other important buildings. I will try to add them in the upcoming days. And please don’t judge Istanbul by its people, there’s a huge tourist flow and migration. Despite its over population the public transfers by the sea, under sea, ground, and underground are very well contected and safe. You can save your time by using public transports. Stay well!
Here is Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. You can go there from Da Nang city by car which takes a 3 hours drive. Tours transfer you from your hotel to Ha Long Bay, you spend lovely 2-3 nights in a boat with exclusive cuisine and see the surroundings and caves.
I would like to share my experiences and pictures with my readers in my blog. I can define myself as a world traveller. I travelled more than 30 countries, and have been living abroad due to business and family issues, since today i have lived in Serbia, Estonia, Russia and currently in Vietnam. Traveling is a way of my life for nearly 10 years. I love to catch picture of cultures by exploring market places and public transports. I always try to learn about food products and cuisine of places. I am fascinated by our world gifted us and will continue my travels as I can do.