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Istanbul. Eyes fascination…

I want to tell the world about the most beautiful city on earth! I must say that I have seen a few of them, but still sincerely believe that Istanbul is really, if not the most, then at least one of the most beautiful cities in the world. So, my husband and I planned my vacation in advance, or rather we can not say what exactly we planned, most likely, just dreamed of where we can spend it. I was inclined to visit a foreign country, and my husband, due to the lack of a foreign passport, convinced me that we have not seen all the beauties of Ukraine. Little by little, I began to prepare him for the inevitability of travel abroad and help collect documents for submission to OVIR for registration of a passport, while saying that this is not for a trip abroad on vacation, and just in case, and cases, as you know, are different. If my review is read by women, they will understand me, men are like children, they can not say “should” or “you should”, because you will get a completely opposite reaction. Here I am, believing themselves to be great “ukrotiteli” men in his 27 years, was trying in his blessed experience everyone has long known the truth. It on the fifth day of my casual mentions of need of the passport to all citizens of Ukraine, spoke the phrase, you know, and you are probably right – it was enough, I instantly stood before it with all necessary documents in hands. All issued, received, and I breathed a sigh of relief, here is 50% work done. Now I had to choose though about our course. Since our vacation we planned for the spring (end of March), I was inclined to something warm and useful. Picking up a newspaper, I began to look at what travel agencies offer, and saw that all around and everywhere write about Egypt. From such a mass I did not pull there, the more the temperature above 22 degrees my favorite does not tolerate, and it would not rest, but only torment, to see how he silently conceals in the African latitudes. And that’s a very small place offered shopping tours in Istanbul, I turned the page, as I was planning to go on holiday, not the tour for shopping. Closing the newspaper with disappointment – nothing to meet my needs not found: one was quite annoying, though affordable (the case of Egypt), the other interesting, but sky-high expensive for us (Islands and Thailand) – I went to work. Vacation time was inevitably approaching, and I still have not found that heavenly place for our favorite vacation. I understood that simply I have no right after such painful arrangements and beliefs of the “indomitable”, to go back, and to go somewhere to the Crimea. Spring-summer season was on the nose and I did not know what to do, to keep the money for vacation or to spend everything on new things and soothe my soul. And then it occurred to me that in my case it would be just perfect to go to Istanbul, I quickly figured out whether all my requirements meet this option, and realized that Yes! Istanbul perfectly solves the problem with all the problems!!! 1-foreign, 2 – the temperature above 22 degrees, 3 – purchase, 4 – romance of the Bosphorus (heard from friends that terribly romantic and lovely as beautiful), and 5 – the price is just expensive. In the head in a flash the song of Nikolaev – 5 reasons flashed, and I, having armed with these arguments, flew up to my “inflexible” and “impassive” to give out the thoughts and to get approval by any ways. And … Oh, bliss, all in the “openwork”, vouchers in hand, I pack my bags, run to my friends, so that everyone knows: “I’m a tourist!”AeroSvit flight from Boryspil, on schedule. The landing is safe, my husband is just happy just because we are on the ground. I think he was happy, even if we landed not in Turkey, and back in Boryspil (it was his first flight). So, we are in Istanbul, or rather while at his airport to them. Ataturk – the father of Turkish democracy (just worship him, every building his portraits)! The procedure for obtaining visas passed (the first stage), we meet with the host country. Bus, short journeys and we are in the hotel – chose from all offered Zurich 4*(Zurih), located in Laleli (European part of the city, here are shopping centers, very lively place). Check in at check in and we go to the room. The room is small, but nice, complete set. The hotel is seven-storey, on the top floor there is a restaurant, immersed in flowers, sitting and just thrilled by the smell. We had Breakfast at the hotel and I can say that the Breakfast is quite hearty in my understanding – muesli of four kinds, yogurt, milk, four kinds of jam, eggs, carbonate, cheese, cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, seven kinds of buns, fruit, coffee, tea, juice (of course not fresh). However, my “insatiable” used to meat, we compensated for a light Breakfast (for him), a hearty lunch. Another problem is the early rise, again in the understanding of my beloved. I raised him with persuasions and stories about “what the day is coming to prepare us” and only after that he jumped out of bed, and we could continue to enjoy the rest, we can say active. And this believe me on word very and very…. So on the first day of our arrival in Istanbul, we decided to look around and think about what we want to see. First of all, I immediately added the Bosphorus and the maiden Tower to the list of visited objects, then the Galata Tower, Sultanahmet, the Blue mosque, the Egyptian market about which were read on the Internet and, of course, night Istanbul. Well, the first touches were made, now let’s get to practice, namely the flight and resettlement we are quite tired, and all the experiences of appetite. We went in search of a cozy cafe to sit, relax and eat tightly (it was lunch time). Find a suitable cafe was not difficult, a lot of cozy and inexpensive (although our first lunch cost us more than others – unknowingly). And here we eat truly works of art of the Turkish cooks, after a hearty lunch we bring a lit hookah-nargile, as they say in Turkey, we are immersed in a sweet haze. Although I am not a professional connoisseur of coffee, unlike hookah, I order a Cup of Turkish coffee – strong and fragrant. It seems that the smell of Istanbul is a mixture of hookah smoke and coffee aroma. Even now, having smelled a mixture of such smells, I plunge into memories, and all thoughts leave me, there is only a feeling of unreality and lightness. So, without even noticing, we woke up at 5 PM, realizing that we sat in a cafe, completely relaxed 3 hours. We wandered the streets in the direction of the hotel and only then realized how far we wandered from the hotel in search of daily bread, as to choose from such an abundance of restaurants and cafes the best – not an easy task. Rest at the hotel took about an hour, and we were again ready for long-distance hikes. We walk past the magnificent Palace of Dolmabahce – the Turks come there to visit the rooms where the father of the Turkish people atatürk died; further striking for its size Bosphorus bridge. We decided to just walk along the Bosphorus. Between the water and the roadway left a wide sidewalk. Many locals also walk along the water; there are numerous fishermen with sophisticated gear and buckets, in which the catch splashes. Seeing this, my “passionate fisherman” spoiling for a fight and sincerely attempts to speak with the fishermen for he alone understood the language, I suspect – fishing, and then my surprise there is no limit – the fishermen-Turki understand it and answer the same strange, I have only one language! Several small cafes perched right by the water, but we do not care about them, our gastronomic preferences are satisfied. We go more than an hour – and now over us 2nd Bosphorus bridge – an unusual feeling when you stand right under his bulk, his head up. If you get tired enough, we choose the cafe on the roof and order a nargile. Catch the bus and go to Ortakoy. Ortakoy – one of the most…(as we were told at the hotel porter) – the most beautiful, delicious, fun, partying area of Istanbul… and he is also on the shores of the Bosphorus. The whole promenade is filled with tables of numerous cafes and restaurants. We come to the water and admire the views of the Bosphorus and glowing in the dark the colossus of the bridge, the mosque with beautiful carvings on the walls, which is also all lit and as if floating on the water. From bars and clubs are already rushing streams of music, and barkers begin to start the audience. We go to one of the clubs, look around and see that we will not be bored here. I guess in the matter of my beloved, that problems with the language, we should, too, if the fishermen happily nodded and talked with him, then after drinking the local vodka, raki, all the Turks are our brothers, and we give them sisters. I was not mistaken, because it’s not the first day I live with my beloved, but here’s the fact that he is also a “disco dancer”, and I thanks to him May Plisetskaya, flying from one end of the hall to the other at the same time, dancing a belly dance that probably professionals next to me do nothing – I can see So, all night long on the flight incendiary Turkish dances first around the tables, and then on the tables… it’s something. In the morning my precious appreciated the local beer Ephesus, I can not agree with him. Breakfast was difficult, but we knew that in front of us waiting for more and lunch, so much strain did not. After such a modern evening, I want to touch the past, so calm and quiet. And as it is impossible, by the way, we call already appeared Turkish friends (though well enough speaking in Russian, I do not know only whether they spoke it until yesterday or it is the merit of the unsurpassed teacher, who was that evening my “educated”). Not surprisingly, after yesterday’s brilliant performance, we could not remain without attention. We agreed to meet in the lobby of our hotel. Everyone met again, they were very nice guys, they were Russian and Ukrainian girls, who also came to rest in Istanbul. We listened to the advice of our Turkish friends and went to Sultanahmet. This area breathes history and former Imperial grandeur.

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