Cafes in Karakoy/Istanbul

Although I spent 5 years of my life in Istanbul before, including my college days, I have never discovered the cool cafes and bars in Karakoy. And yet, 2 weeks in a row, we hung out in Karakoy district.

First weekend was all about a birthday party
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I fell in love with the decoration of this small cafe:
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Such a cute idea to write the coordinates of the cafe on the street wall:
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Museum of Innocence

“Museum of Innocence” is a book written by Nobel prize winner Orhan Pamuk and a museum created by him. What impressed me about the book is not only the story and the way characters are built up but also the idea to set up a museum related to the book. While the author was writing the book, he also collected up the objects used by the characters, such as a pair of earrings, shoes, teapot or the car keys of the main characters. Either he first found the object in an antique store and got inspired from it to write in the book or he created the object in the book, and then searched for it.

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The museum is located in Beyoglu, Istanbul.
The ticket of the museum is hidden in one of the last pages of the book:
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The museum is built in an old house which is referred as one of the main character’s house in the book:
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Some quotes from the book:
“When we lose people we love, we should never disturb their souls, whether living or dead. Instead. we should find consolation in an object that reminds you of them, something…I don’t know…even an earring”

“Any intelligent person knows that life is a beautiful thing and that the purpose of life is to be happy,” said my father as he watched the three beauties. “But it seems only idiots are ever happy. How can we explain this?”

“In fact no one recognizes the happiest moment of their lives as they are living it. It may well be that, in a moment of joy, one might sincerely believe that they are living that golden instant “now,” even having lived such a moment before, but whatever they say, in one part of their hearts they still believe in the certainty of a happier moment to come. Because how could anyone, and particularly anyone who is still young, carry on with the belief that everything could only get worse: If a person is happy enough to think he has reached the happiest moment of his life, he will be hopeful enough to believe his future will be just as beautiful, more so.”

Moments to Embrace

Change is definitely the most fitting word that describes the situation I am in nowadays. Changing the county I live, changing the place you call home, changing the relationships…
All of these changes would be harder if I did not have a support system of my friends and family. I already knew I needed to see my best friends and planned Euro Trip 3 months ago. The trip went beyond my expectations, full of laughter, relaxing, fun and supporting. So, I will always remember those fun, happy moments with joy >.<

Paris visit
Who says the city is just for romantic couples?
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Weirdest museum I’ ve ever been: Paris Modern Art Museum Pompidou
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Random fondue restaurant in La-Fontaine
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Aaaaand we could not resist to those cat beanies
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Estocolmo visit
That Spa place was aaaaaawesome!! I am gonna share the link: http://www.yasuragi.se/

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And experimental photo shoots in cemetery(our favorite place ahahah)

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Dresden visit
Relaxing with my little sister in Dresden
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All in all, 2014 Euro Trip was perfect although my purse got stolen in Paris subway just after I told the girls that they should be careful because there are lots of pickpocketers

Ohh la la!!

My eurotrip finally has started. I started planning the hotels and flight tickets just a week in advance with my best friends. Yesterday we were a bit exhausted( 3 hours of bus ride and 3,5 hours of flight). We had a lovely dinner in Bistrot Renaisance. Waiter wanted to have a picture with us, he is turkish too and he seemed to have a crush on my friend:))

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