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.


  1. I've always wanted to go to Turkey. Must say I'm a tad envious of you right now.

  2. Sounds interesting, jealous that the world is at your fingertips! :)

  3. I really loved the time we spent in Turkey and I really wish I was a blogger then. The cities, towns and beautiful countryside had me hooked. Except that 5am call to prayer got a little annoying.

  4. Woohoo! You made it to Turkey. I do hope we get to hear more about Turkey than just the delightful fare.

    Take care in those steam baths...

  5. Richard that's such a great top photo- I had to pop my comment in here.
    Turkey I would love to get to one day... the food markets especially!