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Baklava ~ Most of us are familiar with Greek-style baklava which often features honey as the main sweetening ingredient. Turkish baklava is sweetened with “serbet”, a light syrup made from sugar, water, and lemon juice. This makes Turkish baklava much lighter and crispier than most Greek or Middle Eastern-style varieties! Turkey is a baklava-lovers paradise in every sense! 💁🙋😍 #ruchyum #ruchyumtravel #baklava #turkey #istanbul #turkishfood #foodpics #food52 #dinner #lunch #nomnomnom #eeeeeats #foodporn #foodphotography #igfood #traveldiaries #travelporn #igtravel #symmetry #bestforlast

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LOKUM/Turkish Delight ~ It is a family of confections based on a gel of starch and sugar. Premium varieties consist largely of chopped dates, pistachios, and hazelnuts or walnuts bound by the gel; traditional varieties are mostly flavored with rosewater, mastic, Bergamot orange, or lemon! [src: wiki] From the moment you land in Istanbul till the time you leave, you will see them in every nook and corner in various shapes, sizes and colors! 🙌🍬😋 #ruchyum #ruchyumtravel #turkishdelight #lokum #turkishfood #turkey #istanbul #instagrammers #foodie #foodporn #foodphotography #nomnomnom #eeeeeats #igfood #igtravel #travelogue #traveldiaries #travel #sweets #sweettooth #lunch #dinner #food52 #foodpics

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Simit ~ The Turkish version of American Bagels! 😋👨‍🍳 #ruchyum #ruchyumtravel #simit #turkey #turkish #istanbul #food52 #foodphotography #dinner #igfood #igtravel #lunch #breakfast #nomnomnom #eeeeeats #bagel #foodpics #foodporn #foodie #turkishfood #traveldiaries

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TAHİNLİ KURABİYE aka the Turkish Tahini Biscuits and some Salep, the best combination ever! ☕️ 🍪 😋😍 #ruchyum #ruchyumtravel #tahini #biscuits #turkish #istanbul #turkey #foodporn #nomnomnom #eeeeeats #foodpics #foodie #traveldiaries #travelporn #travelogue #travelblogger #igtravel #igfood #lunch #dinner #food52 #foodphotography

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A large traditional Turkish pot serving the warm wintertime delicacy drink Salep! 😋Salep is dried wild orchid root, pulverized into powder and mixed with heated milk 🍶🇹🇷
A touch of cinnamon is added to enhance the flavor! 🥛🍯 #ruchyum #ruchyumtravel #salep #istanbul #turkey #girltraveler #travelporn #travelogue #traveldiaries #wanderlust #wintertime #foodpics #foodie #foodporn #foodstagram #turkish #ornate #delicacy #hotdrink #drinksofinstagram #igfood #nomnomnom #eeeeeats

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It may be a cliché, but there’s no better advice than the old adage, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” This is where la dolce vita originated, after all!
Below are our top 10 for Rome:
1. Visit the Colosseum – The largest amphitheatre, with so much blood and history! 😬
2. Spend a day at the Vatican City to see some priceless masterpiece! 👀
3. Climb the dome at St.Peter’s Basilica for some soul-stirring panoramas! 🌇
3. Throw a coin in Trevi Fountain: If the legend is true, you might get to visit Rome again, you never know! 😛
4. Transport yourself to Baroque Rome at Piazza Navona! 🏰
5. Get lost in Central Rome: One of Rome’s great joys is losing yourself in the narrow cobblestone streets! 🙃
6. Eat Gelato at Giolitti! 🍨
7. Stumble into just about any and every church and you’re likely to see some impressive art and architecture! ⛪️
8. Don’t miss out on the Tiramisu at Bar Pompi! 🍫☕️
9. Get the feel of real Rome by visiting Trastevere! 🏨🏫🏡
10. Binge on Pizzarium Pizzaaaa! 🍕🍕🍕 #ruchyum #ruchyumtravel #rome #italy #traveldiaries #travelporn #travelogue #travelpics #instatravel #thetravellerslist #iamtb #top10 #wanderlust #worldcaptures #passionpassport #romeitinerary #travelpics

Travelgram From Vatican City!

A day at the world’s smallest state the Vatican City! It is an independent state, the temporal seat of the Pope, entirely surrounded by the city of Rome, in Italy. It spreads across just half a square kilometer, but the Vatican looks every inch a religious superpower. Its holy buildings are monumental in scale and its lavishly-decorated halls house some of the world’s most celebrated artworks!

Start early and purchase tickets online, to skip the queues at the Vatican Museums. The museums contains one of the world’s greatest art collections, culminating in the Michelangelo-decorated Sistine Chapel. There are kilometres of galleries to explore, with everything from Egyptian mummies and Etruscan bronzes to classical sculptures, cartographic tapestries and Renaissance canvases. Don’t forget to gaze heavenwards in the Sistine Chapel! 🙂

After the Vatican Museums, wander down to St Peter’s Square – the Vatican’s great focal space, this keyhole-shaped piazza is enclosed by two vast colonnades, designed by baroque master Gian Lorenzo Bernini to represent ‘the motherly arms of the church’. Entering St Peter’s Basilica for the first time is an unforgettable experience. The size and opulence of the cavernous 187m-long interior are breathtaking to behold, and wherever you look your gaze falls on yet another priceless masterpiece.

Save one last gasp for Michelangelo’s greatest architectural achievement: the dome, reached by a side door to the right of the basilica’s main entrance, a creaky elevator ride, and a 320-step climb up a narrow, winding staircase. Emerge to soul-stirring panoramas of Rome’s rooftops awash in rose-gold light!

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