5.08.2012

istanbul, turkey - see.

during our trip to turkey i had a pretty simple game plan -- i wanted to see, eat, and shop. i'd love to share with you a few of my favorite sights. istanbul is a city FULL of gorgeous views. it was almost comical at one point, with a hilly landscape it was impossible not to have a great view of something (whether that be an ancient mosque or the bright blue sea). in addition to the views we were blessed with beautiful weather and blue skies the entire week - perfect weather for exploring the city and taking photos. 
sultan ahmed mosque (the blue mosque) - this was the first mosque we visited, and it is my favorite. the lights are breathtaking and the detail is gorgeous in person.

topkapi palace - i was thrilled to visit the ornate palace full of gorgeous mosaic tiles.

hagia sophia - this site has a long interesting history. it started off as a basilica and then was made into a mosque before it was transformed into a museum. 

tomorrow it's all about the food... 
xo, 
jillian

ps don't miss the getaway giveaway! i brought back special turkish treats for one lucky reader.

28 comments:

  1. This just looks like the most incredible vacation!!!! Istanbul is high high high on my list!

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  2. glorious!! look at how cute you are in that little space, haha! i can't believe how beautiful everything is! xo glad you're back!

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  3. It always seemed like so many of the amazing buildings that we studied in college were in Istanbul- I'm so jealous of your trip!

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  4. This brings me right back to when I was there! ah! Glad you're having fun :) DID YOU SEE THE SPOONMAKERS DIAMOND AT THE PALACE? omg.

    <3 Daryl
    Roots, Wings & Other Things.

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  5. Thanks for highlighting all the beautiful mosaics!! Art seems to be EVERYWHERE you turn in Turkey! You should put these in a book!

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  6. what stunning sites! It must have been quite amazing to see! I'd love to visit one day.

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  7. So beautiful! I would love to visit Turkey someday...so glad you had a good time my dear!

    xoxo,
    Joelle

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  8. are you still in Istanbul ? it sounds great.
    I am happy to you liked here...
    And it is very nice to see Istanbul from your eyes...

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  9. Loving your pics, it looks like such a gorgeous place!!

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  10. The photos are great. Looks absolutely lovely! So glad you two enjoyed yourselves.

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  11. You are now officially making me crave a trip to Turkey. What amazing sights!

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  12. seriously such amazing views!!

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  13. Oh Jillian. That blue mosque is gorgeous. And I can't wait for the food tomorrow!

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  14. so beautiful! i have always wanted to go to turkey. can't wait for the food post!!

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  15. The sultan ahmed mosque is gorgeous. Beautiful spaces and amazing buildings. Thank you for sharing. <3

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  16. Oh my goodness, what incredible photos! It looks like the most divine trip, and I'm drooling just thinking about the food!

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  17. ... and this is why Istanbul is definitely on my bucket list. What a breathtaking place!

    Darling, I think you'll love my Postcard Project ;)

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  18. Istanbul! Lucky you. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. What a ceiling! Incredible. Looks like a fun vacation.

    :)
    mikky
    www.todaloos.com

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  20. These photos are amazing!!! This just jumped up my list!

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  21. I'm going there in August (hope it will be not too hot!) I'm looking forward to this trip!!
    If you have some good hints about food/restaurants please share ;-)

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  22. this looks amazing. I've heard so many things about Turkey, its definitely on my list to visit now.

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  23. These photos make me want to go back to Istanbul so much! It must be one of my most favorite cities in the world :) And you're right, everywhere you go there's a stunning photo op!

    xxx
    Jenna

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  24. Ahh everything is just so beautiful! Amazing! I'm so glad you got the chance to go & had such a wonderful time!

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  25. So gorgeous! I am in love with the architecture & designs... would love to incorporate some aspects of it in a future home :) XO brynn

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mucho thanks for the blog love! xo