Tuesday, 3 July 2012
I'm currently in Istanbul for the week.
Istanbul seems to be a real confluence of styles and influences. Which is unsurprising in a place which has been the meeting point of east and west and various empires during the centuries. However, it does leave the tourist slightly confused. What is the 'real' Turkey? Is a stupid question even to be asking?
In the road where I'm currently staying there are women who lower wicker baskets from their balconies and people in the street below pop in bread or other produce and then they pull them back up.
The local shop is selling apricots like I've never tasted before.
Sometimes I think it's a very European place and then I hear the call to prayer.
I can't put my finger on what Turkey 'is' yet, but I like it.