Spectacular Views In Istanbul!

During our recent trip to Istanbul, we took a break from the work of designing and creating new jewelry and accessories to enjoy some of Istanbul’s amazing views. The two most memorable were Camlica by day and the roof top restaurant “7 Hills” by night. Both were shared with friends which made the experiences even more special. Çamlica Hill is located within the borders of Üsküdar district, on the Anatolian (Asian side) of Istanbul, near Istanbul’s first suspension bridge. Camlica, a place with two hills overlooking the Bosphorus and the Marmara Sea, is one of the most favored promenades in Istanbul, and also one of the highest and most charming places in the city. Fortunately, it is easy to get there from the European side, a short ferry boat ride from the Kabatas landing. Camlica got its name from the pine trees in the area (Çam means Pine in Turkish). First settlers turned the entire region into a pine forest, which survived not only the Roman period but also the Byzantines. According to the book of Turkish historian Ismail Hakki Konyali, in ancient times both Camlica hills were covered with pine trees so thick that no sunlight could shine through them. There were also wildflowers in all colors and two beautiful rose gardens. The Sunday we were there, we walked the whole parameter, taking in the amazing views. Camlica still has pine trees and we took a break to drink Turkish tea under the shade of these magnificent trees, enjoying the cool hilltop breeze. We didn’t want to leave….. What helped ease the pain of leaving was we knew we were going to have dinner back on the European side at an amazing rooftop restaurant, Seven Hills, with more fabulous views! Seven Hills is a restaurant in the Sultan Ahmet district, on the rooftop of a boutique hotel of the same name. In one direction you are facing the Blue Mosque, the other direction is the Hagia Sophia and another side is the Bosphorus. Words can’t convey the sense of magic we felt as day turned into night and these buildings illuminated the sky. The food is especially delicious too, with a variety of meze appetizers, fresh seafood, and traditional Turkish fare. We were so happy to be wearing our Beksan scarves, which warmed us from the cool breeze on the roof allowing us to enjoy the view during dinner. For more information about Seven Hills restaurant, check them out at www.tripadvisor.com. Hope you have a chance to go to Istanbul and experience these wonderful views!

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