Just over a month ago (I know, I'm behind) I was lucky enough to be included on a David traveling project. We did a wedding in Istanbul. It was my first time there and I just loved it! My first impressions of the city were ones of awe at her size, modernness, and the quantity of mosques that peppered the landscape.My first day, I met up with my coworkers at the famed spice market. We spent the whole morning there getting some props for the wedding and I was feasting my eyes on the piles and piles of colorful spices, powders, dried bits and bobs, TURKISH DELIGHT! We also saw um, leeches for sale, bunnies, kittens, and an assortment of other baby animals and plants.We all worked really really hard long days sometimes in the HEAT. But, it was worth it, the wedding was beautiful! The best part of that first week was the beautiful rooftop breakfasts with my coworkers, all kinds of dried and fresh fruits, nuts, nut butters, sweet and savory breads, olives and tomatoes! Yum! It was also really great to get to know the locals who were helping us, sometimes the language made things more difficult, but with a little bit of patience and some miming, people can get a lot of good stuff done!!
After the work week, I hung around in Istanbul for a couple days to do some sight seeing. The Grand Bazaar... how I coveted everything, but purchased nothing. So sad, beautiful towels, jewelery, shoes, fabrics, pottery! After, we (me and my friend Gil) went to the Blue Mosque, stopped by an ancient Egyptian obelisk, and walked through a beautiful park to then hop on a random ferry. Istanbul is beautiful from the water!! From there a long walk down the İstiklâl Caddesi to Taksim Square where we found a little hole in the wall place for dinner.The next day was Galata Tower for a 360 view of the city, that was great. After, we met up with Susie and walked to the antiques/junk shops neighborhood. That was really great too... You can learn a lot about a culture by their detritus? hmm, maybe. Anyway, Susie and I hit up a local vegetarian place called Zencefil. When we couldn't decide what to get the waiter took us to the kitchen to meet the chef and see the food!! We ended up loving everything we got. It was Delicious!A couple things I should mention, you can't go anywhere in Istanbul with out being offered tea in a small little glass cup with a saucer. People there drink tea like it is water! Everywhere you go, it is the clink clink clink of the tiny spoon in the tiny cup! Also, there are so many stray cats... I wanted to adopt them all. I can't wait to go back to Istanbul!!