WEDNESDAY - A Day On and Around Bağdat Avenue & Family Time
We started our day on Bağdat Avenue. Turkish Mother, Turkish Mother's Sister and I shopped while Youngest Son and American/Turkish Friend browsed in book store. My Makeover Part 2 (Part 1 was the previous day) continued. I now have several pieces of stylish clothing that fit so nicely!
We lunched by the Sea of Marmara and took a walk along the colonnade where huge houses from the Ottoman Empire faced the sea, the blue bike lane was filled with relaxed riders and children played in the parks.
|Youngest Son and American/Turkish Friend are very excited to look at islands through the seaside scope.|
|Turkish Mother, Youngest Son and American/Turkish friend pick out yummy gelato after our seaside stroll.|
|Turkish Grandmother's three bedroom apartment is on the 10th floor.|
|Youngest Son is swirling around on the left and Turkish Daughter is finishing her ride on the right - this is so fun!|
|All four kids, ages 3 1/2 to 11, play tag on the ship. See Youngest Son in yellow on middle stairs. Children have endless energy!|
|Youngest Son, Turkish Daughter and American/Turkish Son happily walk and chat with Turkish Mother's Sister on the walk back from park.|
|Youngest Son holds the pot while American/Turkish Friend bangs it loudly with a spoon.|
Thursday was the perfect girls' day and I will remember it forever. Turkish Mother, Turkish Mother's Sister and I crossed the Bosphorus on a ferry to get to the Old City. We climbed the steep and narrow streets to arrive at the Grand Bazaar. Grand is the exact right word.
|One of many gates to the Grand Bazaar.|
|Our lunch finished with an impressive presentation of Turkish Delight, water with mint & lemon, liqueur and Turkish coffee.|
|Handmade pillow cases with vibrant colors at the rug dealer.|
|The gate we exited from the Grand Bazaar - notice the year.|
|What do you think? (get it?)|
|View of Haydarpasa Train Station from ferry.|
|Shop is hundreds of years old . I got a walnut and grape confection that I love.|
|Traditional Turkish sweets ...|
|Turkish Father, Turkish Prince and Youngest Son ... no description required.|