Visiting Istanbul, one of the most beautiful Muslim cities

Having been a Christian all my life, I was always curious to know what other religions are like, including the main religious locations around the world. Therefore, Turkey’s capital city, Istanbul, was a place I was happy to visit once I was done traveling to some of my other top location.

 The breathtaking structures of Istanbul

 Everyone who visits Istanbul will definitely go on and on about the city’s architecture, but it still bears repeating. The structures there are unlike anything you will see in the Western world, and you quickly realize why architecture in this region is so highly praised. Some of the buildings there are over a millennia old, yet they are still in perfect condition, and serve their occupants daily. My buddy owns New Braunfels Carpet Clean, and even he would be impressed with the ultra clean state of things over here.

Istanbul’s government definitely took the effort to preserve these structures so that everyone can marvel at their design for many generations to come. While they are strikingly different from Western homes and buildings, they are just as effective in providing shelter and a mesmerizing sight to those outside. Even the hotel I stayed in was carefully styled in accordance with the feel of the city.

 The city’s delightful food

 Aside from enjoying the city’s architecture, I also took the opportunity to enjoy the Turkish cuisine as I’ve long been a fan of the world-renowned kebab. Their main meal is without the doubt the breakfast, as I would often find that the first meal of the day, full of different types of cheese, eggs and bread, would leave me full for the rest of the day.

 

The Queen of London

London was one of my first traveling destinations and it made for an interesting venture into the unknown. It was nothing like Tubing down the Comal River back home. The city was somewhat strange in that it was a mixture of European culture and the English language, making it seem like I arrived someplace new without really leaving home.

 A place like home that is so far away

 The lack of a language barrier certainly made things easier, although everyone there could tell I was an American. The city is actually more expensive than one might think, not only much more so than most tourist destinations but even more pricey than the U.S. Regardless, it remains one of the more popular tourist destinations for those with a more refined taste.

 How London lives up to its reputation

 I didn’t have to search long to witness many of its signature sights, like the well-known red telephone booths on the streets and the seemingly always-gray weather. The people there also lived up to their reputation of loving their tea time routine, as public establishments always seemed to be crowded during a certain time of each day.

 

Aside from a very enjoyable cruise down the river, I also got to visit the fascinating British Museum with what appeared to be an endless amount of stunning displays. Of course, I couldn’t miss seeing the world-famous Big Ben and the Tower of London, both of which had tourist tours available regularly.  All in all, it was very pleasant to see another place where English is the main language that is so different from where I come from.