Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Anniversary at Istanbul, Turkey

It never fails to amaze me and make me feel blessed to watch a movie and to be able to say "Hey, I've been there!". I've never imagined that I would have the opportunity to see other parts of the world and travel with the love of my life.

Husband and I recently watched the movie Inferno at the iPic Theater. We were invited by our good friends to experience this fancy wine and dine movie theater at the South Street Seaport.

We tried the Premium Plus seats which costs an additional VIP fee of $10, with this fee we were able to enjoy the cozy leather reclining seats, a blanket, a pillow and the free tasty unlimited popcorn.The premium plus seating also allows you to push a button to call the waiter if you need to order more food, drinks or popcorn while the movie is still showing.

The theater serves gourmet style food options, expensive but it was really good. Husband ordered the Grilled Farmers Market Pizza and I love it!

Now let's throwback to our anniversary trip to one of my favorite cities, Istanbul.

The last destination of Robert Landon's adventure in Dan Brown's Inferno is in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Basilica Cistern is located in the southwest of Hagia Sofia. Constructed for Justinianus I, the Byzantium Emperor (527-565), this big underground water reservoir is called as “Yerebatan Cistern” among the public because of the underground marble columns. It is also called the Sunken Palace.

Inside you will find two Medusa heads which are used as supports under the two columns at the northwest edge of the cistern. One rests on its side, while the other is placed upside down, supposedly to rob the monster of its power to turn onlookers to stone.

Basilica Cistern

One of the Medusa Heads

When we were inside the cistern, 
we took advantage of dressing up as royalties and had our picture taken as one of our souvenirs.

Hagia Sophia
Inside the Hagia Sophia Museum
The Hagia Sophia is one of the historical architectural wonders that still remains standing today.
 It is the biggest church constructed by the East Roman Empire in Istanbul. 

another beautiful mosque
The Blue Mosque is a historical mosque in Istanbul,
the mosque has blue tiles surrounding the walls of interior design.

Inside the Blue Mosque

Topkapi Palace

The Topkapı Palace or the Seraglio is a large palace in Istanbul, Turkey that was one of the major residences of the Ottoman sultans for almost 400 years of their 624-year reign.

I hope you are inspired to visit Istanbul by this post. 
Let me end this post by saying thank you to our awesome friends, Archie and Sheryl, 
for taking us to the iPic Theater. Cheers for the awesome friendship and more double dates!

"When swimming into a dark tunnel, 
arrives a point of no return when you 
no longer have enough breath to double back. 
Your only choice is to swim forward into the unknown 
… and pray for an exit. "
- Dan Brown, Inferno


  1. What an amazing anniversary trip! And I love being able to reflect back on trips based on things happening now, movies, food, or whatever it might be!

  2. Beautiful pics. Istanbul is one of the greatest cities. So many treasures there. I thought the Basilica Cistern was super cool. I went so long ago and your post brought back great memories.