message to jenny and freddie,gail, anne, den, janet, bevan and merrin - i'm thinking of you all as i revisit places we all love and it's only day one, so much to do and redo while i'm here.
meet scrappy bird - these birds are everywhere, crow or magpie like but always looking in need of some grooming. they have a harsh agitated crowing call and susan says they attack the baby gulls in nests on the rooftops. we have a gull on a nest right outside the balcony and i'll get some pics.
this guy walked down the street past the balcony - we're on the fifth floor so it's a fair way down but the music drifts up and is so atmospheric. the little girl with him was collecting money from anyone who'd give it. during the day we saw a lot of these accordionists, i think accordions are going cheap right now. a lot of the musicians could hardly play. this guy was ok though. a nice intro to istanbul street life.
|time for a beer, EFES beer of course. this great little place was a new discovery - Teras|
(terrace) off Istiklal
a face for my collection
another new eating place, also on the balcony overlooking the bosphorus, APHRODITE'S
LATER IN THE DAY...
did i spot Liz Hurley
incognito, having a
coffee near the
|if there was nothing in istanbul but the mosques |
it would still be worth the trip
and these fabulous
ottoman houses -
i'll be collecting
photos of these.
this is the walk
home from the
Kabatas tram stop,
lots of steep winding