East X West | Istanbul, Turkey [30 Images]

Spent an incredible 4 days with my girlfriend in Istanbul last weekend to celebrate the end of her latest set of medical exams - check our her medical illustrations on Instagram and Facebook

This city break was the perfect way of unwinding after such a busy and stressful few months and switching off a bit! Despite walking around all day long, we landed back in London feeling refreshed and relaxed - it's incredible what a change of scenery can do!

If you're looking for a city break that's a little further afield than most European cities, I think Istanbul is a rather unique place in that there is something to please all different types of travellers. For the history buff (not naming any names...), there's an incredible mix of Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman relics (the Basilica Cistern is definitely worth a visit!); for the foodie, there is a plethora of caf├ęs and eateries; and, for the avid travel photographer, there is a photo opp around every corner.

Here are some of my favourite photos from the trip - thanks for stopping by!