When my friends come over to visit me in London I usually have a whole weekend planned out weeks in advance... but when it comes to Istanbul I know nothing! (You might as well call me John Snow...) Sorry.
When I found out that Hida was going to be in Istanbul at the same time as me I was super excited! We met ages ago, at a rather embarrassing camp (*cough* maths camp *cough*), but never got to meet up since. She agreed to play tour guide, and brought me to Galata Tower!
Galata Tower, or Galata Kulesi in Turkish, was built in 1348 by the Republic of Genoa and was originally called the Tower of Christ; at 66.9m it was the tallest building in the city at the time!
In 1717 the Ottomans extended the observation deck slightly in order to post a team in charge of spotting fires through the city. Which all the better for us tourists today...
It still stands relatively intact and offers a breathtaking view over the junction of the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus... take a look for yourself!
A little snap happy inception going on below...
We took the stairs down, and it's a good thing we're tiny people... I'm not too sure a lot of the boys back in London would fit through there!
At the bottom of the tower was a man spinning traditional sugar candy, I can't say I tried it though! But I promise I will and keep you posted...
We then walked back up to Taksim square and had
wine dinner in the French street! I didn't really see how it was French, but it was really cute and perfect for some catching up gossip, which we were too engrossed in to remember to take pictures. Woops. So this will be all for today, watch this space for some more Constantinople adventures!