I’ve cobbled together a homemade mezze platter for dinner, opened a bottle of red wine, and I’m channeling my Turkey travels. It’s due time I wrote. I’ve been hesitant to share. My time in Turkey feels sacred and I don’t want to mess with that. But, there are images and snippets that I want to show you. After all, I write here because I believe in sharing – recipes, stories, random thoughts.
I think I’ll do this in chronological order, mostly photos with a bit of text. Click on the photo to view in full and see the entire caption.
Teşekkür ederim – that’s Turkish for “thank you.” (Sort of sounds like tea sugar and cream all squished together.)
I’d been in Istanbul for an hour. Put my bag in my room. Walked up the street. The call to prayer came on over the loudspeaker. I turned the corner. And this was my view. Blue Mosque magic.
Turkish cay. Typically served in a glass like this. Everywhere. All the time.
Washing before prayer.
The Sultan’s courtyard. Where the Harem walked.
Inside the mosque. Headscarf. Full length zip up cover made from hospital scrubs material. Covered. Completely.
Galata Bridge fisherman.
The Turkish bagel. Topped with sesame seeds. Found on almost every corner in Istanbul.
Aya Sofia light.
Cherries were in season. And everywhere.
Picked cabbage, beet juice and a pickle. My salty heaven in a plastic cup.
Baklava and Turkish coffee on Taksim Square.
Post hike on Buyukada, Prince’s Islands. Lamb kebap and Efes beer.
One of the most memorable desserts of my life. Walnut, pumpkin, olives and orange soaked in honey for weeks. Weeks! Topped with whipped cream and pistachios. At Ciya Sofrasi.
Yoga at Huzur Vadisi.
Bolster under lower back. Bliss.
Beets and tahini.
Tomatoes, cucumbers, and greens.
Where we ate. And laughed. And drank.
Roxie in the Med. Turquoise Coast.
Lycian Way marker.
2,000 year old ruins along the Lycian Way.
A visitor, departing.
Patara. Gladiators fought here.
Dinner in Kas.
Watermelon. In season and everywhere.
Istanbul farmers market.
Dessert on the rooftop my last night.
Ramadan banner over the Blue Mosque.