Photography – Rabat Edition

Can we fall in love with a city we used to know for so many years ?! The answer is absolutely yes. Thanks to my awesome friend Hajar, I get to know the beautiful part of Rabat, its garden, its sunset, its market and of course the monuments.

This photos are the proof that this city has a Magic.

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Tea or Coffee ?!

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In the discovery bar we have the place to be during snowy days, Teaorcoffee is a small place with a friendly staff and awesome prices (we had a discount because of snow, let it snow all the life haha). Like every saturday, we went for a new discovery and thanks to Hajar who recommanded this place.

With all the stress Istanbul is living lately, we needed a cosy moment in a local place. So TeaorCoffee was THE adress. We tasted the hot chocolate with Marshmallows and sweet peanuts, it was so delicious. They are also serving desserts, sandwichs and a Moroccan mint tea that we had not the chance to drink yet but we will come back soon.

For you, tourists reading that, the people working there speak english very well and the place is near to Istiklal Avenue.

 

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November Coffee breaks

As we promessed last month, we will be sharing with you the best places we went to during the month and especially those we loved the most. During november, we discovered three news places and Khawla talked about one of them in her Saturday night post. If you live here or plan to come on vacation here, this is our Fav’ coffee breaks.

STARBUCKS

We talk a lot about Starbucks because we love the fact that they have a new different thing every season. And now that December is coming, the christmasy drinks are here and we are in love with the Toffee Nut Latte. Also, since we work every Monday morning at Starbucks, we tried the greek yogurt with red fruits and this is the most delicious/healthy thing you could have for breakfast.

Greek yogurt

Toffee nut Latte

BAAZEN TANTUNI 

The thing we love the most about this place is that all their products are home made. Icrecream, Sandwiches, Limonatas and desserts. In the same time, it’s all turkish specialty. The red drink in the first picture is Nar Limonata – Grenade limonade. And the dessert in the second picture is Kadayf, we don’t know how to describe it to you but it’s so sweet and delicious.

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How to go there

PAN KARAKOY

Since we came to Istanbul, everybody told us that the best pastries are in Karakoy. Thanks to our dear friend Hajar who proposed this cosy place. We tried hot chocolate, Cheesecake and Tiramusi and we loved them all. We are planning to visit them again to try more delicious desserts and food also.

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Saturday night

TURK ALMAN KITABEVI VE CAFE 

If you want to study, read, think, rest, or to do all these things that requires a calm area with loving staff. We found it for you !! We were not planning to go there, we were just looking for a place to study in and guess what ? In Istiklal Avenue where everybody is singing and dancing, we found THE place. We also discovered German specialty in pastries, even if german people don’t smile, they eat good.

Alman turk kitabevi

How to go there

We hope that you loved the coffee breaks for this month. If you go to any of them, share with us your pictures and your experience. Thank you for being always here to read what we are sharing with you. You are AWESOME.

Much love.

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Shopping in Istanbul

One of the reasons why people love Istanbul is shopping. A country known for its high reputation in the textile industry. And since we received a LOT of emails and messages from you asking for advices and tips. We decided to share with you the places, the periods and the brands we love to shop in. The choice here is large, brands from all over the world are present in one city and the prices are competitive and reasonnable compared to other countries. This posts will be a bit longer than usual so bring your cup of tea and enjoy reading the most anticipated article: Shopping in Istanbul.

Shopping in Istanbul

Malls

You can’t come to Istanbul and avoid them because you will find them everywhere. The city counts 114 commercial center which is just enormous. As a tourist, look for those where you can find almost all the brands, like Cevahir or forum Istanbul.

Taksim

When you live here you avoid to shop in Taksim because it’s always crowded but still, it’s here where you can find all the brands twice haha (those who came here before will understand what are we talking about) and where you can live the tourist/traveler experience. But we always felt that in Malls the prices are more competitive so it depends on you.

Egyptian Bazaar/Eminonu

Egyptian bazaar is mainly for spices. No clothes there but it’s still shopping no ?! If you want to buy some for your kitchen, don’t skip the opportunity. Eminonu is just behind the Egyptian Bazaar, you can find there Towels, Pajamas, sweatsuits and even swimwears for veiled women.

Grand Bazaar

This is the most known market in Istanbul and it’s mainly for home and decor shopping.

Outlets

They are also commercial centers where mainly the turkish brand are doing sales all over the year. The one we love the most is Airport AVM in Yenibosna.

Don’t forget to click on red words to see how to go there with the google Maps.

Brands

Shopping in Istanbul has a lot of advantages, some brand’s prices are a way competitive than somewhere else. We will be comparing the prices mainly to Morocco and you will give you the USD price also. Note that if the difference is big that’s because the products are made in Turkey.

US POLO ASSN

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Turkey: 73 USD
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Morocco: 266 USD

H&M

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Turkey: 35 USD
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Morocco: 55 USD

Little Big 

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Turkey: 15 USD
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Germany: 52 USD

The only online shop we found around the world for LTB is in Germany so the price is in Euro.

Mango

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Morocco: 99 USD
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Turkey: 73 USD

 Season Sale

Winter season sale: From the beginning of January to the end of March

Summer season sale: From June to the end of August.

End of year sale: The last two weeks of December.

That’s all guys, if you want to know more specific details or if you have more questions about shopping in Istanbul. Send us all your questions leave them in the comments. Don’t forget to join us on social media @asfarwithus.

Hope that you liked this article, write to you soon.

Much love.

 

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Coffee breaks !

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Hot chocolate for this cold weather at the coffeeshop company

How to go to coffeeshop’s company

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Robert’s coffee: The place to eat very delicious desert

How to go to Robert’s Coffee

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Blakava with ice cream at Mado – We ordered 4 more but we forgot to take a picture.

How to go to Mado

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What is fall without the pumpkin spice latte, hein ?! This was the drink of the month.

How to go to Starbucks

When people come to Istanbul, they want to visit places, monuments and in the same time, they want to know where they can have a good desert, a good coffee or a good meal. That’s why we decided to share with you more about our coffee breaks so that’s you come here with all what you need.

If you are interested to know prices, location and more details, share with us your comments and questions and we will be happy to share with you more details.

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Best ways to learn turkish

Learn turkish: best ways.

Herkese merhabalar, it’s been a while that we want to talk to you about the best ways to learn turkish. We wanted to give you a one general blog post that will be useful to all of you.  After a year of studying, learning, asking and collecting information, ladies and gentlemen here are the best ways to learn turkish. Bring a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy reading…

Learning a foreign language

Learning a new language has a lot of advantages and benefits for our brain, our intellectual growth and our social/personal life.

You become a bilingual or polyglot

Improve yourself career and your resume will shine next to his peers.

You meet new people and culture, especially when travelling.

You keep your Brain health as good as you can.

And of course Polyglots are sexy…

Best ways to learn turkish

Tomer: the turkish version of The British council or Goethe Institut. They aim to teach the foreigners living in Turkey. (And that’s how we learned it)

Movies & Tv shows: Find a website that propose Turkish Movies and Tv Shows subtitled in your language. If you speak arabic, you can watch as much as you can in 3sk.tv.

YUNUS EMRE: In Rabat, Morocco, you can find Yunus Emre Institute. They propose just the three first levels due to a lack of demand for higher levels.

YOUTUBE CHANNEL: you can find a lot of youtubers that will help you to learn turkish very easily. They go step by step and the videos are short.

As some of you may know, Khawla started a personal blog talking about Lifestyle, Food and Fashion. Do not hesitate to follow her facebook page and blog  “that’s Khawla”.

Hope this blog post will help you and that you enjoyed reading…

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