Category Archives: Istanbul

Tea Time in Turkey

Inside the spice market

Inside the spice market

As our plane descended, I noticed the skyline dotted with minarets from the mosques that adorned every neighborhood… And there are a lot of neighborhoods. Istanbul has a population of 13 million (and climbing, Brian adds). If it hadn’t been for the towers and domes of the hundreds of mosques I would have assumed we were landing over Washington DC, from the size of the city. Luckily our hotel was located in the middle of most of the touristy places we wanted to go, so we didn’t need to travel far. I was impressed with Turkish hospitality from the beginning of the plane ride when the steward handed us Turkish delights to start the flight.  Even though it was only a two hour journey from Croatia we were given a full (delicious) Turkish style lunch, accompanied with free wine. Our hotel had arranged a shuttle service for us, so even though the airport was crowded and chaotic, we had no trouble finding a man holding a “Brian Love” sign. Continue reading