wearing: Denim Jacket - Mavi, Top - General Pants, Skirt - Tigerlily, boots - Zu, Shades - ROC eyewear, bag - Status Anxiety.
Our first day with Mavi in Istanbul was jam-packed with activities. We started the day with a bang with a visit to the Sultan Ahmed Mosque aka the Blue Mosque. We were in absolute awe while we were in there and couldn't drag our eyes away from the magnificent ceiling. We then had a look around the Topkapi Palace - what was once the residence of Ottoman sultans is now a museum filled with jewels & historic pieces. Also nearby was the Basilica Cistern and surprisingly it was one of my favourite things we did - it's the largest underground ancient cistern in Istanbul. Obviously it's not still in use but there is a couple feet of water in there which holds some massive fish. Next we visited one of the best rug/carpet stores in the city. We were treated to apple tea and given a private presentation of how the pieces are made and educated on all the different styles. For lunch we had traditional Turkish cuisine which included testi kebap - a stew made in a clay pot which is smashed open beside your table before being served. We ended the day exploring the Grand Bazzar which was absolutely HUGE! So huge we ended up going back later in the trip for a better look around. Stayed tuned for plenty more from Istanbul!