What I Learned From my Guests, Part Two
fishing poles, Galata Tower, New Mosque, scarves

What I Learned From my Guests, Part Two

I spent most of October and the first part of November showing visitors around Istanbul. As I take friends to familiar places, I sometimes find myself reaching for my camera. Why? Because something–a comment they have made, the angle of the sun, an attempt to see it as they do–has given me a new perspective.

Here, thanks to my recent tour-guiding, is a fresh view of this timeless city. The city I’m leaving in less than sixty days.

With guests one day, I peered through 15th century castle crenellations and photographed a 14th century fortification directly across the Bosphorus.
This chocolate banana pistachio strawberry waffle, and many scrumptious others, are available so close to my apartment that I take them for granted.
I usually travel the sea road by car. Walking with visitors, I learned about a cool upcoming event.
Newcomers always comment on the city’s well-fed street dogs, so secure they lie down and nap anywhere.
The Blue Mosque’s colors are more vivid when you schedule a visit late in the day.
A guest pointed out these creative restaurant awnings.
Taking a shortcut from the Galata Tower to Karakoy one weary day provided a random encounter with Christian Istanbul
No surprises here: I always take visitors into the stunning New Mosque . . .
. . . but the Hagia Sofia looked different during a late afternoon visit,
 reminding me how similar churches and mosques really are.
I stood with a guest on top of an old han, the prayer call echoing around us, and this beautifully-named ship glided into view.
A friend’s new scarf, packaged and ready to travel.
A recent visitor had a Turkish friend in Minnesota. We looked up his family in Istanbul and were treated to lunch –and this scrumptious cheesecake.
While she readjusted her load of packages, a guest asked me to photograph these fishing poles above the Galata Tower.
Final lunch with my final Istanbul guest at Namli Restaurant in Karakoy. Pictured: spinach kofte just minutes before the lunch rush.
Thanks to a quick-shooting guest, I now have a photo of The Elusive Grand Bazaar Tea Runner    (photo: Patti Isaacs)
I’ve had tea with rug merchant and building restorer Gengis several times, and now I have a photo    (photo: Patti Isaacs)


16 thoughts on “What I Learned From my Guests, Part Two

  1. I’m glad a couple of my photos made in into your storied blog! Istanbul has to be one of the most interesting cities I’ve ever visited. I’ve been telling people that if you put New York, San Francisco, Venice, and maybe another city from the Middle East into a blender, Istanbul is what you would pour out when you were done.

  2. Hey Mom, the two newest movies I’ve seen feature places you go every week! James Bond and Argo both have Turkish Grand Bazaar scenes….I couldn’t help but yell “I’ve been there!”

  3. Hello Sue! What a lovely post this is! Your photos are all so different and yet so familiar. Are you really leaving in 60 days? Back home? You will be missed. Everybody seems to love Istanbul these days – such a hot spot!

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