Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Turkey for Thanksgiving

Yesterday, ten folks arrived in Istanbul for "Turkey for Thanksgiving," the art and architecture tour we are leading for the next six days. After everyone was settled in, we took a ferry across the Bosphorus to Kadiköy, a neighborhood on the Asian side, and had a great meal at Çiya. Today, the tour begins in earnest, with the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art, and the Basilica Cistern.

Tea on the ferry 

Crossing the Bosphorus 


Our favorite waiter at Ciya, Ali. He loves to cook, and explains all the strange and fabulous dishes on offer in wonderful detail. Last night we had a huge variety of dishes, among them: lamb with chestnuts & apricots,  cabbage & chicken with little black seeds, rice stuffed lamb intestines, and chick peas & lamb in a yogurt sauce. A true cultural experience.

Waiting for the tram to go back to the hostel. 

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