Monday, October 31, 2011

Istanbul and not a Stitch in Sight!

Good grief, it's the last day of October and a month since the last post!  So what has been happening at the barn?  Well, I got to go somewhere I'd always wanted to visit - Istanbul!  Who am I kidding?  There isn't anywhere I don't want to visit!

Every type and flavour of Baklava!

This dragon boat is the "kitchen" where they grill the
most delicious fish sandwiches which are then handed
very precariously to the servers on the Eminonu waterfront
just down from the Galata bridge.  Strong stomachs are needed by
 the chefs as these little boats can rock quite violently in the wake of
 the frequent ferries that pass up and down the Bosphorus!
Istiklal Caddesi, the main pedestrian thoroughfare. definitely
the place to be on a Saturday night.  At the end of the
street is the Tunel, a funicular built by the French in 1874,
making it slightly younger than the London Underground
A backgammon bower!

Looking towards Asia going under the Bosphorus bridge

Sultan Ahmet Camii (the Blue Mosque)
 commissioned by a nineteen year old!
Sponges, soaps and soothing lotions

I wanted to buy every one of these pashminas!
The Egyptian or Spice Bazaar
Just looking at the pictures and checking names in my guidebook makes me want to run to the airport and get on the next Turkish Airlines flight!  I didn't see everything but left plenty for the next visit.  Talking of Turkish airlines, they could teach American Airlines a thing or two about airline food!  It was delicious, tasty and spicy, are you taking notes, AA?
Thank you for reading this far on what appears to be a travel blog with not a stitch in sight!  It's late and I am tired so I'll save the stitching for another day.  I enjoy comments or emails so much so don't steal away without telling me you were here and a cheery wave to all my new followers, thank you!