The last part of our 'Honeymoon' took us to Istanbul, Turkey. Part 1: Beverly Hills - Part 2: Paris - Part 3: Belgrade - Part 4: Paris part deux - Part 5: King's Landing aka South of France.
This all 'honeymoon' thing was not really plan to be when we booked our trips earlier this year. But in the meantime something we wanted to do for a very long time (but could not due to something called 'laws') happened prior to our trip, so I guess it was appropriate to call this trip some sort of honeymoon ;-) At the end when it come to marriage and honeymoons I think in 2014 it is up to people to decided what they want to do.
Life is full of laws and rules that we have to follow so if just for once in your life you can do something for you, for love, that has no tie to anything cultural, religious or even a guilt (aka family) ... do it without a second of hesitation and you will see that the world will still stand around you.
So this short stay in istanbul was closing a month long trip. At first my other half was not digging the month long thing. But I know, by experience, that removing yourself from a daily routine for so long can only be positive at the end. You come back with fresh perspectives in life, set new goals and focus more on what is important in your life. It's like a cleansing of the soul. Some people drink juices for weeks, I like to travel ...
Istanbul is such an amazing city, it's chaotic, hectic but so is life. Los Angeles is like a Xana'ed' city. Don't get me wrong I love my home and at this point in my life it is exactly where we need to be. L.A. is a city to create where everything is convenient so you don't waste time getting out of your bubble. L.A. is also a city where I see more depressed people than any other places on earth, but this place is a show, so they act, it's quite fascinating to watch.
But let's go back to istanbul. Here are some photos from our instagram accounts @alekandsteph and @bellomag, Enjoy!
We flew back home with Turkish Airlines. It was voted the best airline in Europe for the third year. Is it the best in Europe? Not really, my heart will always be with Air France (especially with their new business and first class seats coming soon ... it was about time) Very often people rate airlines by the problems they had rather than the good experiences. so at the end, any airline is the best airline until something goes wrong and then they are pretty much all the same.
That being said Turkish Airlines has a few things that we loved, like candlelight dinner, free wi-fi and a cute chefs ... How can you say no to Turkish delights when handed to you in such a fancy way ;-)
Our view in Istanbul was just perfect, as you can see above and below. We stayed right next to the Galata tower. To be honest we had no idea where to stay, booked something 2 days before arriving and I could not be happier with our 'lucky' choice.
We walked everywhere, and crossing the Galata bridge was always incredible.
The views and the action ... check out those guys diving from the bridge ...
There are many things I will remember for a very long time but what will remain as one of the most incredible moments is the night prayer, when the last light of day has disappeared. We filmed this from our place, the Galata tower, the birds flying around, the prayer ... just thinking about it again gives me goosebumps. Thinking about the fact that google does not work in Turkey and I had to use Bing also gives me goosebump :/
Et voila ...