“It’s As If We Never Parted”
After 5 months apart, and we finally reunited in Turkey! I thought it would be weird meeting again after so long but it honestly didn’t seem unnatural in the slightest. It was like I had my best friend back, and we had the best time I could possibly ask for. We only visited for a long weekend but it was perfect…
We both landed in Turkey at around 7am, so the first thing we did once we reached the hotel was have a power nap. A few hours later we woke up hungry and excited so we headed out to explore our local area, found a restaurant and stuffed our faces! That night we went to a place called Ortaköy which was full of jewellery stalls, bars, and restaurants. We found a cute roof top bar that overlooked Ortaköy, had a few cocktails there and then headed to Ruby, a bar/club which was right by the sea and had a gorgeous view.
We woke up fully refreshed and ready to explore, so we hired out the hotels bikes and took them for a spin around a local park. I haven’t ridden a bike since I was a kid so I thought I’d fall off (which I nearly did a few times), but you really do never forget how to ride a bike. After I found my balance, I was whizzing off into the distance!
5 minutes in and I was already hot, tired and thirsty, so we stopped by a bench opposite a lovely lake full of gondola boats slowly drifting along with the current, and had an ice cream. After what felt like a whole day of cycling, we dropped the bikes back and headed out for dinner and a movie night at the cinema. I slept through most of the film but in my defence I’d had a few cocktails and it was a very long and active day!
The third day wasn’t as busy as the previous two, we visited the Grand Bazaar which is one of the largest markets in the world. I realised this after spending hours trying to get through the whole thing! After resisting all of the sweets, jewellery and funky outfits, we sat by a bunch of water fountains, munched on some roasted chestnuts and of course had another ice cream. That evening we visited Nusr-Et Steakhouse in Etiler which you can read about in my upcoming blog Turkish Delights, and ended the night in a bar in Karaköy.
The last day before we part ways again. We decided to have a chilled last day as we spent most of the time travelling to different places and tiring ourselves out. So we hopped into a taxi which took us to a small village called Arnavutköy, and had lunch at an amazing fish restaurant that overlooked the sea. Our last pit stop was back to Ortaköy where we enjoyed the remaining hours of what we had left together, eating ice cream (again), and soaking up the sun on a roof terrace.
The journey home was emotional, we said our goodbyes at the airport and went our separate ways. But I’m glad we spent these few days together, it’s just made me more excited to go back home in July to see him again and of course my friends and family!
Turkey was amazing and I’ll definitely be visiting again for longer. Maybe my next stop will be the Cotton Castle in Pamukkale or Cappadocia for the famous hot air balloon rides…
Until next time Turkey,