Did you know that the Swissôtel The Bosporus, Istanbul is a member of the Leading Hotels and awarded Europe Luxury Hotel 2013 by World Luxury Hotel Awards. The five star luxury Hotel is located in the right centre of Istanbul on the European banks of the Bosphorus. I loved the peaceful 65 acres historical gardens of Dolmabahçe Palace, the last residence of the Ottoman sultans. Views from their rooftop terrace while having dinner are magnificent. Istanbul is a picturesque and sparkly place not only from above. It’s the only city in the world that encompasses both Asia and Europe, Istanbul also straddles the ancient and modern worlds. The skyline here is a glittering ribbon of palaces, mosques, and minarets, but also of sleek skyscrapers, where the sybaritic restaurant and nightclub scene easily rivals New York’s or London’s.
After the news of the attacks on Istanbul, my first reaction was that we should not travel to the city – but than this kind of opinion appeared to my mind – any city is equally vulnerable. If we give our fears and never leave our homes we give into the terrorists goal of crippling tourism in a city wholly reliant on it, of undermining its economy and governance. So, we changed our minds and traveled to Istanbul in the very last minute. It breaks my heart what happened to Istanbul again and all my heart and thoughts go out to this beautiful city. Stay strong. As I always say… love always wins and I know nothing else except love. Perhaps our decision was very naive, nevertheless we had a lovely experience and I am looking so much forward to visit Istanbul maybe in 2017 again.
So, since the current situation is very tense we kept away from touristic attractions. We merely visited briefly the Grand Bazaar for a few snapshots which I have enclosed in this article. Not to miss when in Istanbul – dinner and drinks at Zuma which is located in the secure fashion district. Other travel highlights include; Aya Sofya, Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Galata Bridge and the Galata Tower. This also means that I need to travel to Istanbul again, because I had no chance to experience all it’s beauty within.Sometimes it’s hard for me to leave the camera at home and focus on genuinely ‚being‘ there instead of behind the lens. But I honestly finally learned how to take a step away from social media and my camera from time to time which is a necessary process for me to stay creative and to balance my private life from what I am showing you on the blog and socials such as Instagram, Facebook or Snapchat.