Istanbul: 50 Unsung Places

I know. It’s been a while. Don’t hate me.

You’re probably thinking, “Where on earth is Janey in Mersin?” Well, let’s just say life has thrown a few curveballs my way, and I’ve been dodging them like a pro baseball player. Okay, maybe more like a clumsy amateur, but you get the idea.

But hey, we’re all in this together, right? Whether you’re in Türkiye or anywhere else in the world, it seems like we’ve been dealt a tough hand lately. Economic woes, natural disasters, wars—talk about a never-ending series of unfortunate events. It’s like we’re living in a reality TV show, and someone forgot to give us the script.

With all these challenges, finding the mental space to sit down and write a blog post has been quite the feat. I mean, who has time for witty anecdotes when life keeps throwing lemons at you? And let’s be honest, even if life handed me a limonata recipe, I’d probably end up making some sort of lemon-flavored disaster. But fear not, because I’m back… I think.

Now, as summer approaches here in Mersin, I can’t help but feel a glimmer of excitement. It’s like the universe is saying, “Hey, maybe it’s time to kick back, relax, and go on some adventures.” And that’s exactly what I plan to do. I’m dusting off my explorer’s hat and venturing into new and old destinations within the province. Who knows what wonders I’ll stumble upon? Perhaps a hidden beach or a secret cave filled with treasure. Okay, maybe not the treasure part, but a girl can dream, right?

But wait, there’s more!

Drumroll, please.

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I’ve got a trip to Istanbul planned for August, folks! Cue the confetti cannons and the sound of distant party poppers. I’ll be reuniting with some old school buddies and catching up with my Istanbul friends, including the fabulous Lisa Morrow of InsideOutInIstanbul fame. We’re going to have a blast, and who knows what hilarious escapades we’ll find ourselves in?

Speaking of Istanbul and Lisa Morrow, if you’re fortunate enough to have visited Istanbul multiple times and find yourself craving new and off-the-beaten-path experiences, then Lisa’s latest guidebook, “Istanbul 50 Unsung Places” is an absolute must. As a devoted reader of her previous work, such as “Inside Out In Istanbul”, I was thrilled to see this new release. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint.

“Istanbul 50 Unsung Places” presents 50 hidden gems in Istanbul, destinations that even seasoned travellers may have overlooked. Morrow’s deep understanding and love for the city shines through as she takes you on an intimate journey, revealing the city’s hidden treasures that lie off the usual tourist trail.

What sets this guidebook apart is the author’s ability to not only provide detailed descriptions of each location but also to evoke a sense of wonder and curiosity. Morrow’s writing style is engaging, making you feel as though you’re embarking on an adventure with a knowledgeable friend. Her passion for Istanbul and its lesser-known spots is infectious, leaving you eager to explore every recommendation in the book.

The selection of places featured in “Istanbul 50 Unsung Places” is diverse, catering to a wide range of interests. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a food lover, or simply seeking a tranquil escape from the bustling city, you’ll find something to suit your taste. From hidden courtyards and tucked-away cafes to lesser-known neighbourhoods and forgotten historical sites, each entry in the book offers a unique perspective on Istanbul’s rich cultural tapestry.

The organisation of the guidebook is commendable. The places are arranged geographically, allowing you to plan your explorations. Additionally, each entry is accompanied by practical information, including transportation options, operating hours, and tips to enhance your experience.

“Istanbul 50 Unsung Places” is an indispensable guidebook for anyone seeking an authentic and immersive experience. Without a doubt, I wholeheartedly award “Istanbul 50 Unsung Places” a well-deserved 5-star rating!

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