Monthly Archives: October 2012

OUT AND ABOUT-ISTANBUL-BOAT TOUR

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.

  • BEN AND ME- 2008
    BEN AND ME- 2008

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.

OUT AND ABOUT-ISTANBUL

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. 

  • MOSCOW RIVER
    MOSCOW RIVER
  • GORKY PARK ENTRANCE
    GORKY PARK ENTRANCE
  • THE WIFI ZONE AT GORKY PARK
    THE WIFI ZONE AT GORKY PARK

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.

These are from my walking tour with Maria (remember the Tolstoy’s). Pictures from Gorky Park and Moscow River.

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.

13 DAYS

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.

  • NIGHT FRUIT-
    NIGHT FRUIT-
  • THE BRIDGES OF PARIS-I
    THE BRIDGES OF PARIS-I
  • THE BRIDGES OF PARIS-II
    THE BRIDGES OF PARIS-II
  • THE BRIDGES OF PARIS-III
    THE BRIDGES OF PARIS-III
  • GARGOYLES DOWN AN EMPTY STREET
    GARGOYLES DOWN AN EMPTY STREET
  • THE CLASSIC JARDIN DE LUXEMBOURG CHAIRS
    THE CLASSIC JARDIN DE LUXEMBOURG CHAIRS
  • LE MARAIS
    LE MARAIS

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.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...