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The Turkey Diaries: We Are Now Landing in Istanbul

So begins The Turkey Diaries. I have so much to share with you guys about my trip to Turkey that I'll probably be blogging about it until mid-February! Just a warning, these posts are going to be super picture heavy but I'll be mixing in some non-Turkey related posts as well, just to keep you guys in the loop about my current life back in NYC.

I landed in Istanbul on Saturday, December 30th and I met Jeremy in the airport, where his domestic flight landed only a few minutes after my international flight. I remember being so amazed by the views of Istanbul while my plane was landing that I couldn't help staring out the window like a dope the whole time. Being in Turkey has convinced me that the most incredible skylines in the world have domes. Lots of domes. Or maybe I'm just so used to the rectangular New York City skyline that this view consisting of domes and minarets blew me away.

One of my favorite aspects of Istanbul is how it surrounds both the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus River. In Manhattan, I constantly feel like we're surrounded by rivers on either side, which secludes us from the rest of the city. But in Istanbul, it feels as if the water connects all of the different areas of the city instead of separating them. And did I mention how beautiful the water is? Despite the fact that there's still pollution due to all of the water transportation and harbors, it still manages to maintain an incredibly beautiful turquoise shade. 

Since I was still suffering from jet lag, we kept it a pretty simple and relaxing day. Since Jeremy had never been to the Asian side of Istanbul, we decided to ride the ferry over to Kadıköy which gave me a beautiful view of the entire city. It was pretty windy on the ferry but that didn't stop us from taking some pictures on the top deck. I'll be talking about our adventures Kadıköy in my next post! :)

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  1. Yay! I love travelposts c:
    I can't wait for more pictures!


  2. can't wait to see more posts!!!! I'm all of travelling!!! :D

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  3. Beautiful photos! Seems like the perfect first day. :) Can't wait to see more!

  4. loving this first glimpse into your trip to turkey! so beautiful :)

  5. Georgeous photos! Turkey definitely seems like an interesting place :)


  6. Travel photos and outfit pictures?! My, it looks like we are in for a treat. Props for staying blog dedicated even when you were traveling!

    All of these pictures are amazing, Jen. Your photography never ceases to amaze me. You have a talent of capturing a variety of things. Keep it up. :)

    Also, I love how you described it as NY but with domes. That is just too cool!!

  7. These photos are beautiful Jen! I knew you were an amazing photographer but these just prove it over and over again. I seriously can't wait for more travel posts!

  8. These are wonderful! Love travel posts!

  9. Fantastic photos! You look gorgeous! Have fun and safe travels :)


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