back home, thoughts on istanbul, & some snapshots...

in other words, a nice, unfocused post to ease myself back into the frenzy of the blogosphere once more!

 
taken at sunset in greece.

hi everyone!  i've missed you indeed.  my month of frenetic summer traveling has come to an end and though i'm a little sad to not be packing my bags for another trip, i'm excited to be home and connected again.

for those of you who don't know, i've been in greece and then istanbul for the past few weeks.  greece i've been to many times and even lived there for a few years when i was younger, but istanbul marks the furthest east i've ever traveled.  and it was glorious i tell you, GLORIOUS!

it's massive, with the most perfect placement imaginable (those byzantines definitely knew a thing or two about city placement, they must have played a lot of Civilization on their laptops =P) and it's gorgeous. it's such an interesting place because it still retains a prominent christian/byzantine element alongside the islamic element.  and if you're anything like me, you will love that juxtaposition of different religions and cultures.  

the people are wonderful and kind, there are tons of awe-inspiring sites to see, there are mosques everywhere and they are gorgeous, the entire city is infested with the friendliest cats on earth, they have delicious meat dishes and sweets, buying ice cream is a show, the bazaars are crazy fun and it feels so cool to haggle yourself a good deal, the streets are great to walk, the entire city is steeped in history and interesting facts, there are tons of cool museums to see, and smoking hookah while playing backgammon with locals happens easily and is a wonderfully fun time.  from the fashion perspective, it was all about accessories for me.  i don't mean buying fake louis vuittons for 20 euros.  i was really into the locally created designs and craftsmanship.  the jewelry is beautiful and most of what you'll buy (if you're smart and careful) is handcrafted or at very least made in turkey. you can leave there with wonderful authentic pieces that you can't readily find elsewhere that add a new flair to your wardrobe. 
and with that, here are some snapshots to tide you over while i work on my proper istanbul post, which, is something new that i've never done on vogue gone rogue before.  are you enticed?!  =)

matt and i play backgammon while smoking hookah.  i'm trying to figure out my next move here...

matt proving, once again, that his lung capacity far surpasses mine.

 lovely hookah. grand and glorious.  

some of the locals. 


some of the things i learned at the 1001 islamic inventions exhibit...
while the rest of the world was experiencing "dark ages," the period between the 8th and 13th centuries is considered a golden age for islamic societies. 

watermill and windmill technology to produce clean sustainable energy was used in islamic societies as early as the 13th century.


some interior shots of the hagia sophia:
 


21 comments:

  1. Welcome back! Istanbul is so on my list - glad to hear it's awesome.

    That thing about the number/angles is super interesting - never heard that fun fact before!

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  2. RIGHT?! i was really enthusiastic about that. after matt and i saw it we would try to draw the numerals as we saw them in the exhibit. in the process we came up with a different version of the number four. =P

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  3. what charming shots! i love them all

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  4. Can't wait to see more posts on istanbul!

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  5. Wonderful photos...what an amazing experience. Missed you, bella.


    ♥ V

    http://www.gritandglamour.com

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  6. so so pretty. I can't wait to see more! :-)

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  7. I'm so jealous! Instanbul sounds so wonderful! I used to go to hookah bars in France in these little discreet alleyways. and I love your necklace in the first photo - is that something you found on your travels?

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  8. Looks like you had an amazing time :)
    Welcome back!
    xox

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  9. Love the photos and whehehe..Istanbul sounds really great!!!!

    just the artifacts and decors, they are totally gorgeous...

    welcome back my dear!!!

    I've missed you!!!

    kisses
    Sweet
    PensandLens

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  10. these pictures are amazing =) i fell in love with greece when i visited, now i can't wait to go back!

    welcome back x

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  11. Yay you are back! We missed you ;)

    I love your shots of Istanbul, I went there ages ago and it is magnificent indeed.

    When I went there i got an amazing leather jacket in a market that specialises in leather. have you been there?

    In any case,I cant wait for your Istanbul post - show us your goodies:)

    xxxxxxx

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  12. i love architectural shots :D
    you really captured the beauty, and the fun of the evening

    <3 dennica pearl
    http://eyesofapearl.blogspot.com

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  13. I love very much all these pictures, they're really special and emotional !!

    Love your blog :)
    Now I follow you
    kiss

    www.tokyoblondes.blogspot.com

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  14. Great post! Great photos!

    Best wishes from one blogger to another,

    ~Zabrinah

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  15. I was in istanbul on holidays too, wow same impressions. I wrote even on the fake bags that you can find everywhere ahahah

    Lovely blog. I found you through IFB and I can tell that you have a great sense of style.
    Lets become fashionable blogger friends and follow each other.
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  16. oh my gosh, i have always wanted to visit Istanbul! (i wanted to go there for my honeymoon!)That is so amazing that you were there! oh, i want to hear all about it!!
    love,
    meg

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  17. Islamic culture is so fascinating. One of my favorite parts about living in Granada in Southern Spain was the heavy Muslim influence in the area. Mosques are so gorgeous to visit and hookah might possibly be one of my favorite things ever. Looks like I need to plan a trip to Istanbul (after I get to Milan, of course, that is my European PRIORITY!). Turkey was never on my list but it definitely is now! Thank you so much for sharing your travels Ms. Kristy. I love you and miss you so very much! Wish you and Matt were there for camping!!!

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  18. "the entire city is infested with the friendliest cats on earth"

    I love this!

    I love cats and would be thrilled to visit any city that they infest! :)

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  19. This is amazing.. how come I never cought this post before??!!.. Too much work I guess. Anyway, I used to work as a flight attendant and visited Turkey tens of times, but what really draws me to a place is not just how I see it, rather, it is how others see it and describe it.. Your post is like journalism.. it really is wonderful.

    Being from a Spanish Middle Eastern mixed background, I do have a deep appreciation of Muslim culture.. Once upon a time those guys ruled a great portion of the world and you find their influences scattered here and there every where you look.. Allisongs is spot on.

    As for the hookah, well, I could tell you alot about it, but unfortunately I'm getting tired and struggling to breathe... My lungs are still full of smoke.. :-D

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  20. Love this post!! I'm so glad to see you visited Istanbul, my family is form Iran and I know my grandma has been to Istanbul and my grandfather would visit often. I want to go one day too! Iran is beautiful too, fashion wise, even though they wear a scarf on their heads (these days more like the way we wore scarves in the 60s), you see so much fashion and beauty. Its a wonderful place to check out if you ever can!

    I once spoke with an australian reporter, it was her 3rd visit back, she kept coming for fun she loved it so much!

    p.s. you're so beautiful!

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