Celebrated the final days of 2006 in the beautiful Istanbul. Joined the countdown celebration at Thaksim Square, while jumping up and down with friends in excitement, and also mainly trying to keep warm. The weather throughout our stay was freezing cold… but it was all well worth it. Visits to The Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, St Sophia etc made me realize the beauty and magnificence of Islam in ways any Ustaz or preacher ever could. The intricate details of the building designs awed all of us, regardless of race and religion.Topkapi Palace also brought newfound knowledge upon me. Throughout school, not a single Ustaz or Ustazah ever told me how magnificent and well-loved our Prophet Mohammed (s.a.w) was. Perhaps they did, but they never managed to bring across that feeling of awe….
There I saw his collection of swords…his bow and arrow…the swords belonging to Caliphs and Sultans…and read about how they ruled with complete just.
Words cannot describe the beauty of the things I saw! I would highly recommend Istanbul to EVERYONE!!!! Too bad cameras were not allowed in the exhibition museums at Topkapi.
Apart from that, on a naughtier note, there are the belly dancing babes *grin* I had dinner at a place that had belly dancers perform throughout..it was awesome!!!!! Those women…their stomachs don’t ust shake…they VIBRATE! SERIOUSLY!!!!
The coolest thing was, one of the belly dancers looked like Paris Hilton!!
Turkish version of Paris Hilton, hahahaha, check it out!
So head on over to Istanbul for beautiful architecture, yummy kebab, and belly dancing babes!
Happy new year everyone….may 2007 bring you great health, wealth and happiness 😀
Oh, btw, I’m getting engaged 🙂 but that’s another story..another time!