Spoiler: not life size!
Firstly, breakfast. I entirely approve of this traditional Turkish breakfast from an awesome-looking place called Yesil Mavi Cafe, which contains all the major food groups. Cheese, eggs, meats and olives. I will eat the hell out of this when I go myself.
Obviously, I did my fair share of visiting the big landmarks of Istanbul. Here I am at the Blue Mosque, also known as Sultanahmet Mosque. Built between 1609 and 1616, it's called the Blue Mosque because of the tiles inside. Can't wait to go in and see!
BA tweeted this picture and I got trolled by an Islamophobe. Thanks, Internet.
Then, I went to see Rumelian Castle (an Ottoman fortress) & Bosphorus Bridge!
And had a nice sit down on a bench... ok, I stood.
Ortakoy Mosque was next, with Bosphorus Bridge again in the background. Big ol' bridge!
All this standing is clearly hard work, so time for a little mid-morning break. I posted this on Instagram and Facebook making a joke about having wine for breakfast (standard behaviour for an English person on holiday) and a few people corrected me. I know it is Turkish tea... it's on the caption! ;) That's the Maiden's Tower behind me, which dates from the Byzantine era.
That bread circle is Simit, a Turkish street food that I can't wait to try!
Some culture? I'm at the Modern Museum of Istanbul. Those are books behind me. I like books!
Back to the eating! This is Turkish coffee, made using what is probably the oldest coffee brewing method there is. It's done in a special pot, called a cezve, and is very strong and sweet. Served with Turkish Delight, obviously. I hope it's rose flavoured!
These below are Turkish coffee grinders! In a souvenir shop in the Grand Bazaar, which is one of the places I am definitely going to go.
And some other snazzy ceramics.
Mmm... baklava. From a famous place in Istanbul called Karakoy Gulluoglu.
As you can see 3D Fleur did a lot of eating, which also is standard for a holiday. Classic dinner of fish and some delicious looking sides at Istanbul's Flower Passage:
And last but not least, some desserts. How I wish this were really life sized!
The many Delights in the Spice Bazaar.
I'd like to say hello and thank you to my real life Istanbul guide Gulsah Peker (@berizeka) and photographer Fulya Beken (@fulyabeken) who are total babes and whom I will be asking for tips when I go there myself in September! As mentioned in the last blog, it's a complete coincidence that BA sent me there as my trip was already booked! It's just made it all really exciting.
If you'd like to get a bargainous last-minute trip to Istanbul or any of the other fab destinations on offer, check out Last Call - the places change all the time so keep clicking back and hopefully you'll go (in person) somewhere cool for a low price. Thank you British Airways for including me in this fun project... I'm now just eagerly awaiting my mini me reward to be delivered to my house so I can put her on display!