Destination: Vietnam

There are a few of us here at Stylish Heath who have yet to take time off and actually enjoy a vacation. Time is an element that truly got away from us, and before we knew it summer was at an end. Well no matter, several of us opted for fall and winter holidays, and Kiwi is the first to break from the whirlwind of work. She is headed to the Maldives by way of Vietnam, and the first port of entry is Ninh Bình a city in the Red River Delta of northern Vietnam, two hours from Hanoi.

Kiwi at the Trang An Grottoes, which are a scenic landscape consisting of underground streams and caverns, and are navigable by small sampans carrying travelers into caves.Travel stylishly,
K

Destination: Istanbul

As summer comes to a close our team headed to Istanbul this week, that modern-day city that sits at the crossroads of Europe and Asia and most definitely straddles both the ancient and modern worlds. The Bosphorus is still a route for maritime trade with the sounds of merchants and construction keeping the area buzzing with the various cultures.

Whenever you travel it is best to rise early to partake in the historical sites, visit museums, but while in Istanbul you must drink tea, enjoy a Turkish breakfast or visit public bathing called ḥammām.

Faith [historically Constantinople] is the capital district in Istanbul, and Beyazit Square is located in the European section of the city.

Mihrimah Sultan Mosque [Ottoman] near the fountain of Sultan Ahmed III in Faith Turkey

Kilic Ali Pasa Hamami 
Every visitor to Istanbul should experience a Turkish bath, and at Kilic Ali Pasa they offer the traditional ḥammām. This service includes an attendant who will wash and massage you., but no matter which service you choose you may use the facility for as long as you wish.

One of the most picturesque sights in Turkey is the Ortaköy Mosquethat sits on Bosphorus. Designed by Armenian architect Garabet Balyan in 1855 in neo-Baroque style.

Most churches and mosque have exquisite features, and these 13th century Byzantine mosaic’s in the Hagia Sophia are absolutely spectacular.

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K