Istanbul has always ranked high on my Places to Travel list. It originally piqued my interest long ago after first reading about its remarkable and complex history. But it is not just its history that makes Istanbul a great travel destination. It also has superb museums, extraordinary historical sights (the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque just to name a few), and exceptional cuisine. In addition Istanbul boasts the largest covered Bazaar in the world!
Before I take off for uncharted territories I do a little research not just on topics like best places to eat and best places to stay (I will get back to you on that) or whether or not I need a visa (I do). But I also research interesting facts. Here are a few.
~Istanbul is the only city in the world to be situated in two continents, Europe and Asia.
~During the time of the Ottoman Empire it had more than 1,400 public toilets while the rest of Europe had none.
~Tulips originally came from Istanbul and then were shipped to the Netherlands.
~Istanbul has the third oldest subway in the world after London and New York.
Why Istanbul in winter? Because it’s off-season which means it is a great time to travel—shorter lines to get into historical sites, seats available at popular restaurants, incredible deals on hotels but most importantly no crowds. However, traveling in the winter means colder temperatures which means packing heavier pieces that will take up more room in my carryon.
In addition to traveling to Istanbul I will be visiting New York so I will need clothing for a two weeks trip.
No problem, I’ve got this!
January averages around a high of 48F and low of 38F in Istanbul and 39F to 27F in New York. Here is my packing list for a 14-day trip.
~Lightweight knee length down coat or jacket. This is an essential layering piece that takes up very little room in your luggage.
~5 easy knit tops (combination of long and short sleeve tees)
~2 pullover sweaters
~1 knit tube skirt
~Large travel cashmere scarf
~Medium sized cashmere scarf
~2 silk scarves
~Ankle boots with vibram soles (excellent for walking)
~Waterproof knee high boots
~underwear (7) & bras (2) socks (7)
~umbrella (always be prepared)
I’ll wear my heavies pieces on the flight and easily pack everything else in my carryon.
Eat well, laugh a lot, and travel chic!