A tattoo brought me to Istanbul in March 2019. I had gotten that tattoo in New York, but I needed a touch up and what do you know? My tattoo artist came to Istanbul! Much closer to my home and I never been to Istanbul, so with free time to spare, I packed a bag and went.
I didn’t only go for the touch up of course, I also went to explore! After scouring Pinterest for inspiration on where to go, I found out there is somewhat of a secret spot in Istanbul where you can view the city from above. It was close to the Grand Bazaar, so after I visited that, I went hunting for my view. I walked into a courtyard, up a set of stairs and ended up in what looked like an abandoned hallway just under the roofs. While I was walking the hall I kept thinking that this was the perfect place for someone to kidnap me and nobody would know. Then I noticed that on the left side of the hallway were little workshops. People working on lamps, strange art installations and even a little antique shop. It made me feel safer, knowing I was not alone.
When I reached the end of the hallway, I could only go right and ended up right back outside! How could that be? I was so sure I was in the right spot! When I turned to go back, a lady motioned for me in a doorway. “Are you looking for a way up the roof? I’m sorry it’s closed! But you can get a lovely view from inside my cafe!” It was a good sell, so I followed her inside her lovely little cafe and sat by the window. I ordered a chocolate milk, which I was brought in a beautiful pink cup. When the people sitting on the balcony moved away I quickly stole their spot. Enjoying the view, the chocolate and the quiet conversation of the other people on the tiny balcony.
After leaving, I was still determined to find a way up the roof. I wasn’t alone. Three tourists managed got a hold of a construction worker. He told them that yes, the roof was under construction, but he could show them a way up! I joined up with the little party and was let up to the roof.
The view was amazing but the adventure is what’ll stay with me!
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