Melissa C. Koh

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Where Continents Collide

Istanbul

The last leg of our honeymoon was in Istanbul, Turkey.

We loved every moment of this trip because it was so laid back, cultural and something completely different and out-of-this-world (or more accurately, out of our world).

It is definitely not a typical day in our lives that we are surrounded by such awe-inspiring architecture like that of Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque; and certainly not a normal day that we are roaming the streets, stopping for Turkish snacks like some delicious Simit and busking in the crazy hectic-ness of the Grand Bazaar, browsing plates, carpets and lights.

This is my second visit to Istanbul after my first visit two years ago for a global project with Harrods London where I was invited for a Destination Party alongside other beautiful souls from around the world.

Exploring this city with James this time feels so brand new, as if I’m looking at this place with a fresh pair of eyes.

For those of you planning a trip to Istanbul, I would definitely suggest the following as part of a one-day itinerary.

A morning at Hagia Sophia before lunch at one of the restaurants nearby (no particular recommendations) and then a causal 15 minute stroll to the Grand Bazaar. I believe it wouldn’t be much of a challenge to find a good lunch spot on the way there.

Lastly, you could end your sight-seeing for the day with a visit to the Blue Mosque which is just walking distance from Hagia Sophia. They’re all around the same vicinity so you could swop the order according to your fancies but do note that there are certain timing restrictions for entry to the Blue Mosque so please check before visiting!

Lastly, I’d strongly recommend to end the evening with a sunset dinner at the Rooftop Bar, AYA Lounge, either at Four Seasons Sultanahmet or Seven Hills Restaurant. You’ll get the best and most magical view of both worlds.

I only have a one day itinerary to share as we were there for only two and a half days. We spent most of the second day in the hotel. We stayed at the Four Seasons Bosphorus property and indulged in a huge in-room breakfast, a spa and hammam bath, a gym session and a leisurely walk to Ortaköy (20 minutes from the hotel).

My outfit choices for my time in Turkey were some effortlessly stylish pieces from one of my favourite labels, Privacy Please, available at Revolve. Privacy Please is a vintage-inspired label that offers the prettiest fabrics like dusty florals, simple cuts and easy to match separates.
The jumpsuit (worn above) features a low tie cross-back which I absolutely adore and the sweetest print in the most comfortable fabric. I threw over a sweater as an alternative styling option to keep warm.
The black off-shoulder top I got is the perfect basic that I love to bring on my travels as I can match it with multiple bottoms on different days. I selected a pair of wide-leg pants and a casual slip-on mule for maximum chicness.

I hope your travels will take you to Istanbul someday.This city will never fail you when it comes to cultural experiences, historical attractions and a myriad of different experiences. It was mind-boggling at first to stand by Bosphorus River in our hotel, only to realise that across from it was a completely different continent from where we were.

There are so many different neighbourhoods in Istanbul that are worth exploring, each with it’s own unique culture and story to tell, but it was unfortunate that time didn’t allow that. I guess that will give us more than enough reason to be back again some day in the near future!

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