I posted about the "first days" of our Istanbul trip previously, and I'm back for more. Like I mentioned, we spent a lot of time visiting the "must-see" sights at first. The 3rd and 4th days were a bit more relaxed. We explored different areas of the city, drank Turkish coffee and tea, and just piddled around a bit, enjoying ourselves and the culture.
Have you heard about Turkish coffee? The preparation is very different from western-style filtered coffee. The grounds are boiled and served right into your cup, resulting in a thick, extra-strong espresso-like beverage. Turks joke that if a horseshoe floats in the coffee, it's been prepared correctly. We really enjoyed it, but I don't think I'll be trading in my filtered coffeemaker anytime soon.
I talked before about the fresh squeezed juice offered all over- this is fresh "squeezed" pomegranate juice. YUM!
You can't go to Turkey without getting a Turkish Bath, right? We visited one of the oldest. Such a neat experience. The picture below was taken immediately after... congratulations on seeing me at my most disgusting :)
There were cats everywhere! People would put out piles of cat food in front of their homes and storefronts for them.
We got some amazing fried fish and oysters at this random food stand.
Aaand Will wanted my picture with the owner. That must be his signature expression.
This was one of the bars we visited several times- half bar, half bookstore. Awesome concept. Also perfect example of a Turkish cat. Randomly finds a soft chair in a warm bar- then leaves when he's done napping.
There's still more to come of our trip :) We've also got a little announcement to make soon... okay, a big announcement! I'll keep you posted!