When I first started blogging, i thought i would post in English more often, however that only made me realize one more time that i shouldn’t really count on my thoughts. :) So I believe i owe an apology to my foreigner friends who expected more of English posts from me.
But hey! Here’s one for ya ;)
I keep inviting my friends to Turkey and i have been thinking of the places that i would take them to visit. And I’d like to share some with you, however, kindly keep in mind that Istanbul is A LOT more than that. These are just some places i like stopping by. The tours will take you to the rest anyways. :)
1. Masjid Çilehane
The first thing you should know about me is my love and passion for mosques. So there are a couple masjids i truly love and are special for me. But i don’t think the tour guides would take you there.
One of them is Çilehane Mosque. It’s quite tiny but it’s congregation and the imam is just legendary to me. :) They all know each other and they drink tea and pass the time of day in the garden of the masjid after salah. Especially the uncles with white beards and kufis. :)
It also has a historical side. It’s been built in 16th century. And it’s the place where a Muslim saint who was a mystic lived and did his studies in a small cell back then.
And this is how the Imam took good care of the old building and turned it into a fine masjid. The best thing is, we pray taraweeh with khatm-al Quran in the courtyard, with fresh air during Ramadan. :)
And it’s near a hill, so after visiting the mosque we will go on top and enjoy the view of Bosphorus. :)
2. Chocolate&Coffee Shop
There this -again- tiny shop that i love. You gotto try the Turkish coffee there. The pictures speak for themselves;
I suggest you take a look at more photos from the shop here. Oh and you should know that the walls of the shop is now full of Islamic calligraphy paintings, which is awesome.
3. A Turkish Henna Night :) (Sisters only, ehem)
That is one important thing that the tour guides miss. You have to attend a henna night. Most Muslims are familiar with the term but for those who hear it for the first time, it’s basicly a bachelorette party. And the reason for its name is that the bride puts henna on her hand. I have no idea why though.
Anyways, it is so much fun when you find the chance to attend a good one with good music, good place and fun people. You’ll see the Turkish music, Turkish dance and traditional dresses. Sounds like a good experience, doesn’t it?
You just need to make sure that it’s a suitable one.
4. Some other mosques
Well, i don’t know if these amaze me only or if you’d be interested in as well, but here are some other mosques that i am fond of;
It has this garden kind of thing that i love, and there’s a small street next to it. It’s kinda hard to notice the street. It’s tiny. There are small, old and colorful houses, and obviously poor families living in them. It’s a part of Istanbul, you’ll see what i mean.
Şemsi Ahmed Paşa Mosque
3 reasons to love this mosque:
It’s on the seaside. It’s modest. It has a library.
There is a cafe near the mosque. It’s also right next to the seaside. I love watching the fishermen there, with a cup coffee. :)
I guess that is all for now.
Do let me know what you think! ;)