Istanbul is definitely a city which we will visit again. We had just four days there but, during this time, did manage to visit many of the major sights such as Hagia Sophia, Topkapı palace, Sultan Ahmed mosque and the archaeological museum. We also spent an enjoyable day travelling along the Bosporus to the Black sea.
One of the cheapest hotels we could find in the city was across the Golden Horn, in Beyoğlu. The area turned out to be a great place to stay with wealth of characterful local bars and restaurants.
Istanbul is a great place for food lovers. We spent a large proportion of our time sampling the local cuisine. We decided to splash out one evening and have a ‘proper meal’ at a meyhane on Nevizade Sokak. Instead of using a menu the mezes were brought around on a large tray. Amongst all the usual suspects of taramasalata and aubergine salad there was the option of whole lambs brain which, of course, we had to opt for.