It started with bright sunshine and ended in grey mist. It was an hour and a half of fresh air and lovely sites along the Bosphorus. Look left and you see Europe, look right and there is Asia! So cool.
WELCOME HOME… A special note was waiting for me and lasagne. ben is at pottery. Ben is awesome.
ISTANBUL MODERN… Back in 2008, Ben and I visited Istanbul and had a wonderful time exploring the city and spent an afternoon at the Istanbul Modern.
I went back this trip and enjoyed an afternoon of art. So many talented Turkish artists.
Enjoy some of the art.
Happy Monday! How was your weekend?
So as you know, I was in Istanbul last weekend.
FLASHBACK… Ben and I visited in 2008 and had a magical visit. He arranged a dinner on the oriental side of the Bosphorus. Part of the experience was taking a lovely wooden boat to a quiet seafood restaurant. It was magical.
FLASH FORWARD… MODERN DAY… I had Saturday to explore the city. This is my fourth visit, but only my second with an exploration opportunity. Enjoy lovely Istanbul.
More to follow- Istanbul Modern and Bosphorus Boat Tour.
TURKEY TASTINGS… I must admit, when I am in countries where I have zero knowledge of the language (Russia and Turkey), I sometimes find myself opting for a quick trip to the local supermarket for easy-to-eat-in-the-hotel-food, the choice is limited and not very adventurous. This is something I need to work on.
In Turkey, between in-hotel oranges and haselnusse, I went to the House Cafe for a tasty brunch. I had a fantastic egg dish- oven baked feta cheese and olives topped with fresh tomatoes, a poached egg and loads of bright-green herbs. It was fresh and surprisingly light. I must try to make this at home.
I cannot get enough Turkish coffee. It packs a powerful punch, but when you stay up too late watching episodes of Parks and Recreation (so funny and I developed a mini-crush on Adam Scott’s, Ben Wyatt character) on the iPad, it helps you get through the day. Plus they make it in lovely copper pots.
I do not care for Turkish delight, but I like the colours!
TOO CUTE… When I see old couples together, I flash-forward about thirty to forty years when Ben and I will (hopefully) still be madly in love. I spotted this couple at Heathrow during one of my recent layovers. They were enjoying their black coffees from Pret-a-Manger when the lovely wife pulled out sandwiches on whitebread. As she unwrapped one and handed it to her adorable husband, you could almost see on his face- ‘oh good God, these sandwiches, again!’
I want to make the same sandwiches for Ben until the day I die.
MORE MOSCOW… Just to remind you, I am not in Moscow at the moment, I am in Mexico, but here are some more photos from my visit at the beginning of October.
PARIS STREET FOOD… Not to confuse you, I am in Istanbul.
Last Paris post, at least until my next visit. Post 10-mile run, Reia and I headed for some shopping in the Marais neighborhood. Loads of cute shops and open on Sunday, which is fantastic.
We saw several passersby with delicious looking falafel sandwiches. In a previous visit to Paris, Ben and I had seen people strolling and munching, but we did not find the place serving the tasty-looking sandwiches. I did find the place on this trip- L’As du Fallafel, located in a once vibrant Jewish neighbourhood on the Rue de Rosiers. They pile crispy falafel balls, hummus, crunchy slaw, roasted eggplant, pickles, yogurt sauce and more pickles!
These pita-pockets were followed by the best flat white in Paris, but I do not know the name of the coffee shop, but I know it was on the Rue des Francs-Bourgeois. It was tiny with just one barista and a selection of coffee beans. If you find it, send me the exact address.
I am off for my longest trip in ages- 13 days away from Edinburgh and Ben. It should be an exciting one. I start in Istanbul, then fly via Madrid (just the airport) to Mexico City. After a compact week in Mexico, it is off to Bogota for a few days and then arriving in Edinburgh (after passing through Madrid and London).
I recently made it to bronze status on my BA card and I am hoping for an upgrade or two! That would be so great.
In other travel news- Thailand is booked for January. Ben is joining me- we cannot wait.
MORE PARIS… Here are a few more shots of Paris. If Ben and I had to move back to France, I could live in Paris.
Plus, I recently learned, my mom has a love affair with this city, which I never knew. My mom is excellent at keeping secrets! I hope she will meet me in Paris in March. Then we can retrace the steps of how her love began.