Travel Notes

Nostalgic Istanbul

Visiting Istanbul in two days is like dipping a piece of bread in a succulent tomato sauce to taste its unique flavor without eating a delightful meal never tasted before. The ancient Constantinople is a banquet full of spices and legends that fascinates every diner with its old charm and accompanies them along the banks of the Bosphorus and in the holy mystery of its streets. 

Istanbul can’t be visited, it has to be lived. The city swallows the passengers and tosses them among its many contrasts that sooner or later spit them on some stage from which it is possible to observe anonymously the stream of life and the conflicts described in Pamuk’s masterpieces.   

Istanbul is an abiding meeting point, an unresolved clash between two cultures, between East and West, between Asia and Europe, between tradition and emancipation, between the deafening chaos of its Bazaars and the silent conscience of the Bosphorus.
 

Istanbul is the voice of its religions, the clamor of the streets, the cry of the seagulls that chase the boats. Istanbul is the perennial flow of life of its arteries, Istanbul is the Huzun, that sense of melancholy inextricably linked to its identity. 

During every split second spent on the streets of the city you have the constant feeling that anything can happen and involve or upset the whole spectrum of emotions. Regardless of the amount of time spent in this Mediterranean pearl, Istanbul digs its place inside you and once it finds the secret gate to your soul, it fills you with its magic. 

My days in Istanbul
 

Hotel:  Taba Luxury suites in Besiktas. From the airport you can get to the hotel by taxi. The ride costs around 80 Turkish Lira (28 euro). You can also get there by metro; the closest metro stop is Gayrettepe. 

Restaurant: Ali Baba Nargile and Restaurant in Ortaköy,, not far from Besiktas. Çiya Sofrası Restaurant, in Kadıköy, the Asian part of Istanbul.

Quick advice: Hidden behind Galata Tower lies the bohemian quarter Cucurkuma, a picturesque corner of the city dotted with craft shops and where you can find the Museum of Innocence, ideated by Orhan Pamuk.One more tip, just get lost in the streets of Istanbul and grab the map only when you can’t find the right path .

Massimiliano RuggieriComment