Today we arrived in Istanbul. The largest city in Turkey, boasting 15 million people (3X the size of Minnesota) and the only city in the world to span 2 continents. We received a mini tour of the city when we put our lives in great danger and took a cab to our hotel. YIKES!
We are staying at the Grand Hotel Halic. Nice place, centrally located on the “Golden Horn”. After checking in and taking a few minutes to clean up after 12 hours of travel we hit the ground running at 6:30pm and went looking for dinner.
We walked through our neighborhood to the Galata Koprusu (Bridge). Caught a beautiful sunset behind the hills and mosques. Saw men of all ages fishing off the bridge. Quite the tourist attraction when one of them snags a little sardine and reels it in. Found a lovely place for dinner near the Yeni Camii Mosque. We had a variety of cold appetizers; mousaka, baba ganoush, olive and sesame tapenade, gazpacho, all served with fresh flat breads. We also had warm mini flat bread “pizzas” and for the main course we all shared a mixed kabab platter with 3 kinds of kabab meat, eggplant, grilled tomatoes, grilled chilies, and a fresh parsley and onion salad. We drank a very dry Turkish red wine and tried some Turkish beer.
Walked back to the hotel at a leisurely pace. Istanbul is beautiful at night.
Today was a big day. I’m off to bed.