GOOD MORNING – Just checking in to say Hi. Right now Im in beautiful London I have some meetings today and after that I will do some workout, spa and later some shopping. Sounds like a though day right? This time Im staying at Jumeirah Carlton Tower and my room has a really nice view. This hotel has a great location and the spa at the hotel is amazing. I will show you later.
Now I have to eat my breakfast before it gets cold. I’m not a breakfast person but eggs and salmons I like.
As I mentioned in my previous “Istanbul part 1” post we wanted to do everything “Turkish way”, but lets be real it can be pretty tuff to do everything Turkish way when you don’t even know what Turkish people do. So, we did what we all do; we googled. And what we found out that Turkish people don’t considered you to be a real Turkish (turk?) if you never done hamam bath. This sounded perfect of course we wanted to try this out. We booked a hamam bath/spa kind of package at the AYASOFYA Hurrem Sultan Hamami.
So we packed our backpack (thank God backpacks are back in fashion) and took a cab to the hamam. It took us just seconds to realize that we were in a middle of a tourist area. On the left side we had the famous Sultan Ahmed Mosque and on our right side we had Hagia Sophia also a well known mosque.
As we walk in to the hamam (girls separated from boys) and I’m staring to fill in the formula if you are allergic, pregnant, on your period and so on, I noticed the price was much higher then what we were told over the phone. I called Frederik and I was like “I will never pay this much money to have a shower buy a random women (no disrespect but I know I can get this much cheeper somewhere else). Do you know how much shopping I can do in Istanbul with this much money?” And I could hear on Frederik voice he was sooo embarrassed on my behalf. But I finally got him to realize I wasn’t negotiable so it wasn’t much to do but thank the girls at the reception and get out of there asap. Ooops.
And there we were in our comfy clothes, backpack no makeup (me) with 1000 tourists around us and a Frederik who wasn’t so happy he didn’t got his hamam. Anyway, we decided we could at least see the Sultan Ahmed Mosque also well known as the Blue Mosque. Neither of us had ever been in a mosque before and I was so glad we got to see it. It was beautiful!!! So historical and peaceful it felt like stepping into a different world for a minute.
Frederik looks more happy then he was. I just think he should thank me since I just saved him quite a lot of money 😉
Sultan Ahmed Mosque (The Blue Mosque)
Im wering Frederiks scarf since women are not allowed to show their hair.
Inside. Beautiful, right?
After we decided we would try to find a local bar somewhere where we could have a drink. After walking for like 1.5 hour we finally found something we liked (read I liked, but Frederik liked it also. I just don’t think he really knew what to expect). It was a local reggae bar….
I obviously felt I was at the right spot
Drugs are illegal!
The upcoming days we did some shopping, ate, had dinners, drinks, did some more shopping, and of course we made some bargain at famous Grand Bazaar, ate a little bit more because the food was sooo good! AND we got to try out hamam bath, Finally!
We found this amazing restaurant called GUNEY just by Galata tower. The food, the wine, the staff, everything was great. We can highly recommend this place.
Tea time at Grand Bazaar
We had this amazing dinner at the restaurant Chilai in Bebek. The restaurant has the most amazing view, great food, good music and everyone who worked there was so kind. But with all of that comes also a much higher price 😉
After dinner we took a private boat from the restaurant to our hotel and we got to explore the famous Bosphorus sea channel buy night. Lovely!
Frederik all relax after his hamam bath he’s been waiting for the hole trip.
This hamam was really nice and cheep (around 100dkk). But, we did have a small accident, Frederik discovered five minutes later he had forgotten his Gucci scarf at the hamam. We went back but the staff had already burned the scarf as they do with all lost items. Weird but true. Question is if we really saved any money since we had to buy a new one 🙂
We had such a good time in Istanbul. What we were most surprised of was how kind, helpful and friendly people were. It wont be long until we visit Istanbul again.
This time we decided to visit Istanbul in Turkey and our expetations were high. Frederik has been there before but never really explored the city as we did this time. We wanted to do everything the “Turkish way” so we stayed at the Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah, this hotel holds the title of “the oldest European hotel of Turkey”. Pera Palace is a historic special category hotel and museum hotel located in the Beyoglu (Pera). We stayed for six days so we had plenty of time to see everything we wanted.
Frederik with a book, guess is the first book he holds in his hands 😉 He is not a big reader.
Interior on point. How beautiful is this?
The bar at the hotel. We could sit here for hours and just admire all the details.
Take your seat I will serve you tea in a moment..
Another thing that we got so excited about was this elevator. The first elevator in Turkey. It was build only three years after the elevator in Eiffel Tower which means that this is the second elevator in Europe.
Frederik was more excited then he looks. When the guest checks in at the hotel they get to take this elevator up to the room.
Our room – It was a little bit bigger than it looks, but hey who cares we didn’t spend much time there anyway. Thats the difference between me and Frederik. I don’t care about the size of hotel rooms as long its clean and fresh. While Frederik always wants big rooms as if he is staying there for the rest of his life.
This was the view from our room and the moment we realized how big city Istanbul is.
Since we arrived so late in Istanbul we got to hurry to find a restaurant to have dinner before it closed. After dinner we got back to the hotel for some sleep before we could wake up and explore the city.
To be continued, Istanbul Part 2 is coming up very soon.
Frederik Fetterlein 46 years old from Copenhagen, Denmark. Former professional tennis player and Tv personality who live his life to the fullest. He never miss out a opportunity to travel somewhere as soon he has a chance. But he can’t stay at one place for too long cuz he know there is always something new to see somewhere else is the world. You can say Frederik is a real life-loving person.
Andréa Tolic 28 years old Swedish/Croatian girl raised in Helsingborg, Sweden. Loves to explore new places in the world and too read books. Or you can say she has a passion for good things in life; family, fashion, beauty, fitness and so much more.