Istanbul with Friends
First Paris with my family, then Istanbul with friends. Our latest travels have been especially social – and we’ve been having a blast. Friends and Istanbul experts Özgür and Leonie went way out of their way to make sure we (and the rest of our group) got more than the typical tourist’s view of Istanbul. They showed us as well as friends Armin, Marc, Petra and Uri a few of their favorite local hangouts.
Without Leonie and Özgür, we wouldn’t have found great spots like the local produce market in Beşiktaş and the tea gardens in southern Kadıköy, where we had the pleasure of hanging out with Özgür’s cousins Oz and Bengül. They also introduced us to one of the greatest finds EVER on all of our travels, baklava with kaymak (Turkish clotted cream) at Karaköy Güllüoğlu. I can’t even contemplate a world without that baklava. I may have to move to Istanbul.
While in Istanbul, we also discovered some new friends Rebecca, Jeremiah and Betsy in one of the most coincidental encounters we’ve ever had on the road – and we’ve had A LOT!
Departing from Eminönü on a Bosphorus tour
Posing on the edge of the Black Sea at the viewpoint from Anadolu Kavağı fortress
Meeting new friends! One of the weirdest things that happened while we were in Istanbul was bumping into Rebecca, Jeremiah, and Betsy. Rebecca and Jeremiah are friends of Laurelle’s, who regular visitors will know as she is the top commenter on this blog. (Laurelle is like my sister.) Rebecca recognized us from the documentary on us, Excluded.
Luxurating in Armin’s and Marc’s apartment near Galata Tower
Relaxing in the tea gardens at Moda in southern Kadıköy
Stuffing our faces with İskender kebab in Beşiktaş