So I am fresh off the plane from Istanbul, and one of the best trips of my life traveling around Turkey!
I am also superbly jetlagged and can barely remember my own name which is why I am writing a photo post instead of my usual 3000 word anecdote or rant. Everyone likes pictures, right? I just can’t wait until I edit everything and regain my brainpower to begin sharing my adventures with you guys!
5 months ago when I moved home from Europe for the first time in years, I decided to invest in an iPhone 5 and sign up for a phone plan. I had been making do with a slide phone and pay as you go for the better part of three years. It was time to join the big leagues. Best. Decision. Ever. Seriously, my iPhone is the gift that keeps on giving. I’m addicted!
Now the camera on this fancy phone is SWANK! It takes really great photos for a cell phone, and I definitely used it a lot when I was in Turkey, instagramming anything and everything, sharing my adventures in real time with everyone. Iphoneography (yes that is a word now) is the new big thing on the social media sphere, and I am doing my part to conquer it. I eat images for breakfast, so this is right up my alley. Now if you don’t follow me on Instagram (shame on you) I’ve gone ahead and selected the best of the bunch for this post, while I slowly trudge my way through the thousands of photos and videos I took on my big-girl camera and new GoPro.
Now traveling with a nice phone camera is a great idea! Nowadays, we share information quickly and fast. It is a great way to keep in touch with family and friends when you are traveling, and it’s so easy to send a photo straight from your phone. Also, it’s really easy to capture beautiful, fast moments without fumbling around with a proper camera and being obtrusive. On an iPhone it’s as easy as swish and flick. Almost like Harry Potter (100 points to anyone who understands that reference).
Here are my favorite photos I took on my iPhone while traveling around Turkey. Don’t fret, I will have lots more posts coming soon about my crazy adventures!
**UPDATE** All those posts are now live!:
Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia
Going Underground in Cappadocia
Rappelling off a Castle in Cappadocia
Exploring the Ancient Ruins of Ephesus
A Glimpse into Bohemian Istanbul
My first day in Istanbul, outside the Blue Mosque
The incredible ceiling of the Blue Mosque
The famous Aya Sofya
Inside the Aya Sofya
Learning to cook traditional Turkish food with Turkish Flavours!
Exploring the famous spice market
The harem inside the Topkapi Palace
20 course lunch on the Asian side of Istanbul
Crossing back over the Bosphorus by ferry
The incredible Hotel Empress Zoe where I stayed
Beautiful lights for sale in the bazaar
Making some pottery
Sunset after the snow
Cappadocia is famous for these weird pilar-like volcanic rock formations
Old Greek village of Mustafapasa at sunset
Hot air balloon ride at dawn with Royal Balloon
Exploring Cappadocia with Middle Earth Travel
Rappelling off of a castle
Some of my favorite Turkish deserts, including backlava
From the roof terrace of the Kelebek Hotel
The jacuzzi in my cave suite at the Kelebek Hotel
Driving up the coast to Ephesus with About Ephesus Tours
The library at Ephesus
The House of the Virgin Mary, where it is said she spent her final days
Roman theater at Ephesus
45 Comments on “Turkey As Seen from My iPhone”
Wow. Can’t believe Turkey was barely a blip on my radar until now >< I will definitely have to go there next year. Great pics. What phone plan did you sign up for? I'm buying an iPhone for my travels as well but I thought my only option was an eye-watering international bill or just buying a cheap SIM w/plan in each country(?) Also, did you buy the Unlocked iPhone?
Is it easy to travel around Turkey on your own (as a female)?
Great pictures Liz! Always incredible what you can capture on the go with your iPhone.
I think we (myself and Will) might have been in Istanbul at the same time as you! We were flying from Nairobi to Bangkok, moving from weeks of safari to incredible SEA. Decided to take a full day layover in Istanbul to enjoy walking around the incredible sites and enjoying some of the delicious local fare.
Istanbul is an incredible place to spend a few days. Glad you enjoyed it!
On the second uploaded picture, are those also the weird volcanic like pillars between the buildings? Are they windows on them?
Yes those are windows! They’re cave houses! People built into those rocks and built houses, most of them now are boutique hotels 🙂 super cool, right?