after a gruelling 7 hour flight from singapore to dubai followed by 4.5 hours from Dubai to Istanbul with a 2hr layover. i found myself 5 hours behind singapore time, driving by the Sea of Marmara towards our hotel at Taksim Square.
it wasn't until a whole day later, after another 8 gruelling hours in a conference room that i got to explore Istiklal caddesi, just down the road from our hotel. Taksim Square is really the new more modern part of Istanbul and Istiklal caddesi is the Orchard Road of Singapore.
It was packed with people thronging the stores that lined the caddessi. It was overwhelming but so much fun, with an old tram that went by it towards the Beyoglu area.
Oh but what took my breadth away was the gorgeous Turkish sweets stores salivating at the most decadent looking sweets ever!
Labels: istanbul, travel bug