MMM: A Snapshot Of Our Child-Free Mini-break

We’ve just come back from 5 days away in Istanbul. A big birthday (him), our 5th wedding anniversary and our first child-free mini break since, well, since they were both born. Thanks mum and dad for looking after them!

A gorgeous comfy bed at cool hotel Mama Shelter, haggling in the Grand Bazaar, sight-seeing at Aya Sofia and the Topkapi Palace, really lovely restaurants (especially Topaz and Mikla), near death taxi experiences and multiple lie-ins made for a great few days.

Here’s  a snapshot of our child-free week in Turkey.

Mama Shelter
Mama Shelter
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Oh hi. Freaky bedside masks in Mama Shelter
Wishbone trousers, new New Look sliders, Mama Shelter rug
Wishbone trousers, new New Look sliders, Mama Shelter rug
View of the Blue Mosque from our Bosphorus river cruise
View of the Blue Mosque from our Bosphorus river cruise
Breakfast! Granola-bocker glory at Kitchenette
Breakfast! Granola-bocker glory at Kitchenette
Bathroom inspo: Amazing slabs of marble in Hagia Sophia. How on earth did they carry them back in 537AD?
Bathroom inspo: Amazing slabs of marble in Hagia Sophia. How on earth did they carry them back in 537AD?
Cocktail view from bar 360, Beyoglu
Cocktail view from bar 360, Beyoglu
Jewellery buys from the Grand Bazaar = £10 for both. So wish I'd bought more!
Jewellery buys from the Grand Bazaar = £10 for both. So wish I’d bought more!
Not sure what was so funny. My & Other Stories peasant dress - current fave.
Not sure what was so funny. My & Other Stories peasant dress – current fave.
Beautiful floors at Istanbul airport
Beautiful floors at Istanbul airport

Dinner time at Mama ShelterDinner time at Mama Shelter

View from Mikla restaurant
View from Mikla restaurant
Minorets and blue skies
Minorets and blue skies
  • Comments ( 7 )

  • avatar
    Michelle

    A well deserved break! Looks lovely, must visit Istanbul soon.

  • avatar
    sian gwilliam

    It looks so fun Erica, did you come across the 360 bar/club ? It’s run by an old school friend of mine :http://www.360istanbul.com

    It is on our ‘girls weekend’ wish list, must sort it, thanks for the inspiration xo

    • avatar
      Erica

      Yes we did Sian! It was where I took the shot of the church with the river on either side – amazing views (and Mojitos quite good too!) x

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    Nicole

    My husband was born in Istanbul and we have only passed through the city once on the way to meet his family. Now I have to visit again, it looks devine! Glad you enjoyed your break without the kiddies.

    On another note, I have been stalking the New Look website daily for your jewelled sliders but to no avail…… Did you get yours in store?

    • avatar
      Erica

      Ha ha! I was lucky enough to be sent mine by their press team, but I think they are out June 15th, I will find out for you!

  • avatar
    Alexandra

    Have you been to Topkapi?! I went there a couple of years ago and found it amazing! Not far from there there’s a lovely street market where they sell all kinds of oriental things.

    • avatar
      Erica

      Yes we went there and I think I know where you mean – there are lots of lovely cafes there too! I loved it x

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