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Published: February 6th 2020
Istanbul04 Feb 20 Marrakesh -Istanbul
It is with some sadness that we leave Hamid and Aissa behind in Marrakesh today and head to our next destination, Istanbul. Well, true, I might have been a little more than sad. When Knackers says to me, "You ok? You're a bit emotional", I can't even look at him and my eyes begin leaking again! This could possibly go on for a few more days!
We're staying at Cube Suites in an Aparthotel for the next 7 nights. Its great to be able to get up when you want in the morning and make your own breakfast without feeling that you have to race down to the breakfast room before it closes or all the good food has all but disappeared. 05 Feb 2020 Istanbul
Breakfast at a little restaurant called Mirvan is divine. Eggs immersed in some sort of garlic yogurt with chilli oil drizzled over the top. Shane has some breakfast board with all sorts of goodies on it. After that we just meandered around the city for a few hours, eating turkish delight and whatever else the vendors want to feed us really. I've cooked up
a pesto pasta for dinner and taken down the washing ( I thought we had a washing machine here but it turns out we dont, so damn it, someone else will have to do it!)😆 06 Feb 2020 Istanbul
Well we hit the ground running at half 8, and visited some of the big ticket items here in the city.The Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar.
It seems everything is under reconsruction at the moment, but what we were able to see was truly spectacular. The market is buzzing and I'm glad it's the off season, or you wouldn't be able to move in there. I'm not sure that I'll go back..... I end up being dragged in to every god damn rug and chocolate shop wherever I go on this holiday. I'm aways happy to look, because at the end of the day, I might REALLY like something! I've already promised two men today that I would go back and look at some carpets! One man I really liked, and he said to me if you dont buy one now I can tell you, you wont be back. Of
course I will, I tell him. But now that I'm sitting here in the warmth of my apartment writing this, I realise he's probably right, despite my good intentions! We'll see what the next few days bring.
We had a beautiful dinner in a little turkish restaurant around the corner, Turkish Cuisine. Fabulous food, quirky decor, including the family crib hanging from the ceiling that all the family babies slept in in years gone by, and big Celine Dion ballads belting out in stereo, on repeat. Absolutely fabulous! Go on, do it! Get those old Celine CD's out and join us. You know you want to. 😉 Shane says:
I thought I nearly lost her in the Grand Bazaar. Old mate had her in with the carpets. I thought I hope you can fly them, because they are the price of a small apartment in Toorak. Seriously, I know a lot of work goes into them, but as in Morocco also, €4000 is steep. We could spend 2 weeks in the Maldives with that. All inclusive - beer and wine and whiskey! To all you people out there, I know what I'd prefer.
Anyway, I put my
foot down this time. No carpets I roared! I'm the boss, remember! Anyhow, anyone who wants to visit as soon as we are back for a coffee or beer can probably see our beautiful new carpet/carpets. 😂😂😂 Sharls says
: They aren't anywhere near that price.....well, not yet at least! And two weeks in the Maldives is just that......over, finished in two weeks! A silk on silk rug is for life! 🙆 Shane says:
I'm feeling a little emasculated in Turkey. Every time a bill comes out, they ask who is the boss, then pause and then hand the bill to Sharls. They really don't know the truth do they?? Sharls says
: Mmmmm there seems to be a bit of a trend. In Morocco its was "Happy wife, happy life". My next husband might need to be Moroccon, or Turkish perhaps😉
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