By Bob Corbett
We are taking a restful day today, Sally came down with a very sensitive stomach this morning so she rested while I took a long walk, down a back way to the harbor and really enjoyed that three mile trip -- two miles to get there along a fascinating seawall and only one mile home via our normal route.
Then when I got back Sally was feeling a bit better and wanting out a bit so we walked just the three blocks up to Hagia Sophia and in what we call the water garden we found a shady bench. We sat there for an hour and half enjoying fascinating people watching, glorious breeze and lovely day.
It is 77 today with significant breezes. First time I've known the degree of temperature since we left home. I finally purchased a International Herald Tribune today and am catching up on what's going on in the rest of the world, weather included.
After we leave here it will be close to 3 PM so we will go up to our favorite restaurant. We want a nice breezy outside place to sit, so we've decided to order one dish at a time, sharing, then another and so on until we are full, then head home for a balcony evening with this one awesome wine we purchased yesterday, this will be our second time to this special treat.
Yesterday was another great highlight day. We got out the guide book to see about the 6 walks our author had for us to do in Istanbul and we just roared with laughter when we discovered we had already done 5 of them. So, we set off on the 6th, far off across the bridge in another section of Istanbul.
The book said it was a long street (turned out to be a 3 mile walk from the bus station to the famous Galata Bridge -- that included several forays into side streets) which was once a very exclusive area of Istanbul of palaces and such and fell on bad times and became a slum. Then it was resurrected a number of years ago and is now filled with lovely shopping places and outdoor cafes galore. We just had a ball and first stopped in a little side alley where Sally had ice cream with fruit and Turkish tea and I had a Turkish beer.
We just took a couple hours walking, gaping, investigating and finally arrived at the famous Galata Tower. We took the elevator the to top and walked this circle lookout tower for a truly breath-taking view of the whole of Istanbul, 360 degrees!!!
Next we walked to the under deck of the Galata Bridge which is just one fish restaurant after the next, but the left side (as we were walking toward our own neighborhood) were all fashionable places with whole fish and tuxedoed waiters. We ducked over to the other side and there were sandwich places. For just 5 lira each we had a very tasty fish sandwich and a glass of beer. Sally was full, but I repeated the process and so for under 20 lira with tip we had a nice meal.
We had walked almost 6 miles and yesterday was the hottest day we've had so we were bushed and it was about 4 PM or later, so we went home and did our balcony evening, carrying in a chicken sandwich for later on. We sat on the balcony very late (even after dark!!!! -- night owls) and just felt it was one of our most fun days.
A few random notes on things I've noted about town.
Folks, I just can't rave enough about this marvelous city. We've only been here five nights and into our 6th day. I could easily see us wanting to come back and spend an entire MONTH just in this one city, even mainly in this one district of this massive city.
Off to feast, we will order one dish at a time until we can't go on. We'll begin with just tea, then we think we'll do chicken wings next, oh me they are phenomenal, then some meat dish with rice and salad -- splitting as we go. Me drinking beer, but today Sally plans either water, mineral water or something lighter.
I'm really ready for it all!!!!
Bob Corbett firstname.lastname@example.org