We met my in-laws, Jay and Kirsten, in Istanbul this week. Despite humidity and overwhelming crowds, we all were able to appreciate such a glorious city. Haakon, who has declared our village of Ortahisar to be “just TOO village, Mom,” danced his way around the cobblestones and sidewalks of the bustling Metropolis. We even had Starbucks and Mcdonald’s, if that gives you any idea of how excited we were to emerge from the dreamworld of Kapydokya for a few days in Modern Civilization. We also visited the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, the spice market, Topkapi Palace, Taksim Square, the underground cistern and had a boat ride on The Bosphorous, along with using the tramway and funicular.
As of this writing, we six are on a bus (which is giving me the best wireless connection we’ve had in Turkey) heading towards the Black Sea town of Amasra. After a couple of days there, we’ll take the bus to the national capital of Ankara–not a place renowned for beauty or charm, but we’re excited to visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations while there. This upcoming Friday, we all take a bus back to Kapadoyka, after which we’ll show Jay and Kirsten our favorite bits of the various villages we’ve been discovering.
The ear-busting call to prayer that is directly blasted into our bedroom window isn’t a “best” but will probably qualify for the Most Memorable list.
Here are some pictures from our last four days: