Besides sitting in cafes and going crazy in the shops you can't deny the history of a city.Hanging around in the touristic places is not everybody's favorite and I agree that you will really experience a city when you just go out and investigate the small streets and different neighbourhoods on your own.
But even though, as a tourist you want to know why everybody is going to see these overcrowded places full of screaming children and tour guides with flags that protrudes above the crowd. There must be something there right. You would not feel satisfied if you visited a city without acting a tiny bit as a shameless ultimate tourist agree?
Go and check out the Blue mosque in the Sultanahmet area in Istanbul.
A beautiful piece of culture is situated here. Besides the group of tourists there are Muslim people who go to the Blue mosque for there daily prayers. Get carried away by all the lights and coulours shimmering through the building.
wearing my lovely new t-shirt which I just received from the owners of the dutch designer store Objet trouvé in Rotterdam.