Hello all! I'm back from my extended bloggy absence, and refreshed from a week in sunny Turkey (though I can't say I was glad to return to a rain-sodden Britain). Suffice to say, our holiday was amazing.
We spent the first couple of days sightseeing in Istanbul - we visited the famous Blue Mosque (which isn't blue - it gets its nickname from the blue ceramic tiles which decorate the interior), and wandered around the alleyways of the old city area.
I had hoped to make myself a new holiday outfit, but didn't get round to it so I packed a few favourites - my fruit salad sundress has been a staple all summer (or at least the sunny parts).
Aya Sophia was built in the 6th century as a Church (one of the oldest in the world), elevated to cathedral, converted to a Mosque in 1453 and became a museum in 1935.
I love street food - along with corn on the cob (boiled and barbecued) there were roast chestnuts, Turkish bagels, and fresh orange and pomegranate juice. And the ice-cream! I've never had such amazing ice cream. It contains mastic, which makes it surprisingly chewy and wonderfully velvety - it is so good.
... more to follow tomorrow!