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Meghan's Markle's cheap holiday spot will leave 'heads spinning'

Daily Express logo Daily Express 23/09/2022 Esther Marshall
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used to share holiday tips on her lifestyle blog, The Tig. The Duchess of Sussex described one favourite break as "invigorating".

Meghan wrote: "There have been some lofty travel goals set in my wanderlust-filled life, but 48 hours in Istanbul was perhaps the most ambitious.

"It's Istanbul, after all, with its grand bazaar, over 3,000 mosques to explore, rugs to strategically schlep back home, baklava to devour, culture-filled neighbourhoods, the requisite hammam you simply must try, and oh yeah that big ol' Bosphorus.

"Case in point: there's a lot to squeeze in."

Istanbul is split in two by the Bosphorus sea strait with each side of the bank having its own unique character.

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Meghan continued: "Equal parts invigorating and dizzying, 48 hours in Istanbul is indeed an undertaking.

"Rest assured, your head will be spinning with Turkish delight once back on the plane, but undoubtedly worth every singular moment."

The Duchess of Sussex said she enjoyed exploring Istanbul's Grand Bazaar during her whistlestop trip.

One of the oldest covered markets in the world, tourists can purchases spices, rugs and everything under the sun in the maze-like shopping area.

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The Duchess of Sussex also likely visited some of the city's mosques, several of which are world-famous.

The Blue Mosque is one of Turkey's most magnificent buildings with an incredible blue tiled roof.

The Hagia Sophia is a major cultural landmark and has served as a church and a mosque in its lifetime.

Tourists should remember to cover up if they want to visit one of Istanbul's mosques to show respect.

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TRAVEL: The Blue Mosque © Getty TRAVEL: The Blue Mosque

Meghan Markle chose to stay at Soho House Istanbul, a members' club and hotel with 87 rooms.

The incredible hotel also boats two rooftop pools and each room has its own rainforest shower.

While the Duchess' choice of accommodation might be out of budget for many Britons, there are many reasonably priced hotels in Istanbul.

Lastminute.com currently has deals for flights and hotels for less than £600 per person.

Eating out in Istanbul is extremely reasonable with the average price of a meal in a cheap restaurant just £2.41.

Turkish food is world-famous and tourists should indulge with a typical Turkish breakfast of eggs, yoghurt, cheese and breads.

As Meghan recommends, Turkish desserts are delicious and Istanbul has many shops selling baklava.

Although the Duchess of Sussex closed her blog after marrying into the Royal Family, her holiday tips are as fresh as ever.

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