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"Just be who you are, calm and clear and bright." - Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

Istanbul, Reprised

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Vintage treasures from the Grand Bazaar (which was otherwise disappointing–way too many cheap souvenirs).

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Topkapi.

Kate: Where’s Camille?
Elliot: Fart and she’ll smell you.

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They say the Hagia Sophia will take your breath away, and they’re right.

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The Blue Mosque.

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As awe-inspiring as the Hagia Sofia is, I loved the Chora Church even more. I geeked out (being an art history major and all) over all the magnificent frescoes and mosaics.

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Sweet cart! Kate couldn’t be happier.

Eating out in Istanbul was a bit hit or miss. We went to one restaurant in Sultanahmet (a touristy area near the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque) that served us meat dishes (which we had obviously not ordered), and when we asked for fries the waiter made an excuse: “The cook, he is not here.” Elliot started eating his lunch and said, “Judging by the taste of this chicken, the cook was last here three or four days ago.” Hah.

We did have a nice last meal at a lovely rooftop restaurant, and as you can see, the street food was never a disappointment!

1 Comment to Istanbul, Reprised

  1. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    May 31, 2012 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    I wish we were all back in Turkey right now!

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Hi! I'm Camille. I only write stories that could never ever happen in real life, though I do believe in real-life magic. If we were in the same room I'd fix you a cup of tea, but for now we'll have to settle for a virtual connection. I'm really glad you're here.