Friday, September 9, 2011

Istanbul

Falling further and further behind - in blogging as in life.

But at last, and with apologies to the grandparents for the delay, here are a few photos of our whirlwind trip to Istanbul.


We stayed at a little hotel in the middle of the old part of the city. It was quaint, it was inexpensive... it was right next door to a mosque, from which the call to prayer thundered every morning before sun-up.


We went on a boat ride our first day there - we figured it would be a good way to see a lot without carrying kids. Istanbul from the water is pretty spectacular.





We also went to the Grand Bazaar, where of course we found ourselves looking at carpets. We loved this one, but ouch! Carpets are too expensive for this family with four kids who need to go to college. I think we have plenty as it is. The girls did enjoy being carried around while we shopped.



The kids were remarkably tolerant of the vast amounts of walking we required of them, though Ainsley had to be carried quite a bit. Sometimes, not even the promise of an ice cream cone just around the bend could get her moving.




We were worried about visiting a Muslim country during Ramadan - we would never recommend that you visit Jordan during Ramadan, because everything is closed and you aren't allowed to so much as sip a bottle of water during daylight hours. Miserable. But Istanbul wasn't like that. We ate and drank what, where and how we wanted. At night, crowds of Muslims joined in the Old City to break their fast, and it was quite an experience to walk amongst them as they broke bread together.


I'll leave you with a few random images shot in the Blue Mosque, at the Topkapi Palace and at other places around town.

Definitely a trip worth taking...













4 comments:

Elizabeth said... [Reply]

I'm a bit of a lurker on your blog, but an an FSO who was previously posted in Istanbul. If you get the chance to go again, you should consider renting the Consulate boat, the Hiawatha. It's a fantasic old wooden yacht complete with captain and first mate, you can bring your own food/beverages (including alcohol) and they go up a lot closer to the mansions on the shore. It also costs a lot more than the ferry though, I think about $150 for a 4-hour tour. I'm pretty sure the employee association still rents it to FSOs from other posts. It was great to see your pictures!

Connie said... [Reply]

Beautiful photos! It looks like you had gorgeous weather for your visit. I want to go too. (and yes, that carpet is amazing!) As for you falling behind, that's ok... think of it as 'conserving goods for a leaner time'. Now, when there's not all that much going on, you're giving us some more travel fun.

Daniela Swider said... [Reply]

Loved the photos. They made me want to go back. It's been 15 years since we were in Istanbul last. It would be lovely to get posted there one day...

Dorothy Handelman said... [Reply]

Great photos! Always enjoy reading about your adventures!!

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