Either way, it’s where I am. One of the great things about Cairo is that it’s so easy to get away. So before my deluge of welcome and wonderful guests descends on me tomorrow, I decided to make a short lick-my-wounds trip out of the country and Istanbul came up as a possibility. And with my friend Kathi joining me we booked our tix late Wednesday night and Friday morning 4 am we were on the plane!!!

It’s been mostly a relaxing time — rainy and colder that I expected but with enough warm and clear days to get in the must-do’s (e.g. Bosphorus cruise) under the sun. My hotel is located gorgeously in the Sultanamet district – I greet every morning with a cup of tea  gazing at the gracious dome and turrets of the Hagia Sophia. Which is where I’m typing this from by the way. Here’s my view clouds and all …

By day

and by night…

It’s a place I’ll need to return to. Much more of a livers city than a tourist one I think though there are tourist wonders aplenty. My personal favorite the Basilica Cistern – with its ghostly auras and in the far corner, the Medusa head columns glaring balefully from different angles.(Didn’t get pictures but the atmosphere was fabulous). The Blue Mosque — not any bluer than others I’ve been to – the exterior is  lovely the interior, I think a bit much for me, but impressive nevertheless. And while I can believe the stories about Istanbul being a foodie town, this trip was not one that thrilled my taste buds as much as I expected. Except for the fish. And now I’m off to get my sandwich from the pier, before it’s too late. and also buy a few spices. The museums will have to wait.. that’s what next times are for.


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