Out of all the countries and places I’ve been to, Turkey may take the prize for best overall food experience. Here is some of what we enjoyed while in Istanbul.
Turkish Breakfast – A delicious combination of boiled eggs, cheeses, olives, tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers prepared by our host Amylin. Not pictured, a simit (Turkish bagel type-thing), as well as a homemade flat pastry filled with cheese and parsley.
Mezze by Lemon Tree – Fantastic
Lunch at the Four Seasons
Pide – Turkish Pizza
Many of the major cities I’ve visited throughout my travels have been home to thriving street art scenes, and Istanbul is no exception. From tagging to intricate murals, the streets where covered in one form of art or another. This was particularly true of the neighborhood we were staying in, Beyoğlu.
One of the most memorable aspects of my trip to Turkey was the Turkish people. In all my travels I’m not sure that I have met a group as friendly and hospitable as they were. For example, Ashley and I were preparing to cross the Galata Bridge and she happened to step in gum. She did not have a napkin or paper towel, and was futilely trying to scrape it off on the sidewalk, when a cab driver walked over and offered some wet naps. For the most part, I can’t imagine this happening New York City. So this post is dedicated to the interesting people of Istanbul, an amazing city, with amazing people.
Galata Bridge Fishermen
Hagia Sophia iPad Guy – Don’t be this guy
Approaching the Blue Mosque
Ashley preparing to enter the Blue Mosque
The Spice Bazaar – We’re serious about spices
Creepiest Mannequin Ever
As mentioned in my previous post, Ashley and I just returned from vacation in Turkey. It was pretty much the most enjoyable vacation I’ve ever had. I have many, many pictures and stories to share from our time there, but the first question most people usually have is about the riots. Luckily, our time in Istanbul was at the beginning of our trip, well before the most serious clashes between protesters and police. However, our first night at dinner we were witness to what in hindsight may have been some early tensions. As we were settling into the main course of what was our first, as well as one of our best meals while in Turkey, there was commotion on the street. Suddenly, police in riot gear went running by, and what appeared to be smoke was proven to be tear gas by the reaction of those on the street. As this was happening I grabbed my camera from underneath the table and was able to snap a few quick shots of the events from my seat at the dinner table. We looked for any word of this in the news the following day, only to find none. This brief bit of chaos was the only time during our entire trip that we felt anything remotely close to danger, and it was over just as quickly as it began.
Greetings, and welcome back to my blog after another hiatus. Having been in Turkey for a little over two weeks recently, I have much photo work to do and many pictures to share. However, the photos in this Weekly Round-Up are from prior to that trip…daily shootings from New York City.