We are in Istanbul! After over 5000 km and two flights, we’ve made it.
Our hotel, the Esans Hotel – picked by my mom – is lovely. The terrace is gorgeous and the room is really lovely. I wish we had more days to spend in it.
I’ve had more than a few stares for the hair, but as many compliments and quite a few offers of tea – but it’s hard to tell if they’re wanting us to buy, hitting on me, or being sincere. But, being open-minded, we took someone up on the offer and had a good time chatting and out to dinner with Bulent from Lamb Leather in Sultanahmet.
I’ve been scrubbed to glowy and clean in a hammam and we’ve drank raki and stuffed ourselves with mezes. Tomorrow, we board our ship, but we’re looking forward to squeezing in more of Istanbul. For now, here’s a few shots to tide you over till we get more wi-fi!