I love to travel. I have the desire to see the world and all it has to offer. I am keen on all types of holidays from beach, ski to adventure, but my favourite type holiday is a city break.
I have taken quite a few city breaks. They are perfect to experience with your partner or a group of best friends. I have been to Amsterdam, Barcelona, New-York and Milan, but the most recent city I visited was Istanbul. I went with three of my best friends. We flew to Istanbul’s main airport Ataturk from London Gatwick. Myself, and my friends Claire, Megan and Annie had never been to Istanbul, we had been to other parts of Turkey but this was the first time for us to visit a major Turkish city. We had booked to stay in Istanbul for four nights from the Thursday to Sunday. We had all heard great things about it so we were very excited about the visit.
We were pleased that the flight was only 3 hours and 50 minutes long, as we feel that when going for a short city break it seems such a shame in wasting the time on board of a plane, unless of course you are going to the amazing city of New-York, when we all agree that is worth taking a longer flight for!
Istanbulwas everything we thought it would be. We were looking for a city with a lot to offer us in terms of culture, art and a little bit of shopping and we definitely found all of this in Istanbul. The city had so much culture it was amazing to see how literally “East meets West” This is why we loved to go on city break holidays, as they are not just about relaxing on the beach, there is so much to do and see, they offer you so much in terms of experience. We feel you really get a taste of the local people and what the country is really like.
We visited all the popular tourist attractions in Istanbul including the Blue Mosque, TopkapI Palace and the Kanyon shopping centre, where my favourite department store was… Harvey Nichols. With the brilliant exchange rate from Sterling pound to Turkish Lira I was able to have an excuse to treat myself a little bit!
City breaks are not just about shopping, there is so much to do, you can experience the local cuisine, and the local nightlife as a city is not just aimed for the summer tourism trade. The best piece of advice me and my friends can offer anybody going on a city break is to take a very comfortable pair of shoes with you, as you will be doing A LOT of walking!
From all the experiences, I have had by taking this holiday, with my husband, mother or my best friends I always enjoyed them and to make the holiday more exciting, I recommend try last minute traveling (Do you know that the Danish term is Prøv afbudsrejser) as well. Simply go to the travel agent and get tickets to the first destination you lay your eyes on.