A Million Turkish Delights..

I visited Istanbul in March this year. It was a three day trip and I have never felt so loved in any other part of the world. Turkey has an old world charm but a young man’s heart. She flirts with you, teases you, flatters you and gives you so much attention, that you can’t help but fall head over heels in love.

Here are 10 reasons you’ll love Turkey:

1. Because you should always find the best place to watch the world. And Galata Bridge is one such place.

Galata Bridge, Istanbul

Galata Bridge, Istanbul

2. Because good looking Turkish men proactively walk in to the frame. When you quickly seize the opportunity and click, they smile.. take their imaginary hat off and bow down to thank you. (Now who minds a photo-bomb like that)

Turkish Men

Good looking Turkish Man (in white)

3. Because nowhere else in the world will you hear the shopkeepers greet you with, “Welcome Amitabh Bachchan!” (Never mind if you are a girl, that too barely 5 feet tall.)

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

4. Because people love their plants more than their pants. They also seem to like roots in their boots. 🙂

Innovative window display

Quirky Window, Seen in Istanbul

5. Because when you request a guy to take a pic, he says yes… then calls his family and together they stand smiling, waiting for YOU to click THEIR pic. 

The Family

The Family

6. Because those minarets in the background tend to make you look strangely tall in the pictures.

Minarets in Istanbul

Minarets in Istanbul

7. Because the Blue Mosque isn’t so blue after all..

The Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque

8. Because there is light at the end of every bazaar.

Turkish Lamps

Turkish Lamps

9. Because it’s a fairy tale land..

Prince's Island

Prince’s Island (Buyukada Island)

10. Because it’s the land of the Bosphorus, where Asia and Europe come together and shake hands.

The Bosphorus

The Bosphorus

My best memory of Turkey was when at the end of the trip our Turkish guide bid us farewell by singing the popular Hindi song from the 1950s ‘Awaara hoon’.  Yes, the women in my team did consider packing this Turkish Delight and bringing him back home. 😀

As I waited for my boarding pass at the check-in counter of Turkish Airlines, I promised myself that I will be back soon. Amen.

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