...were all so plentiful that I am at a loss of even where to start. Beautiful sunsets at Antalya and Side? Or Izmir? Or the amazing ruins at Efes? Or just good old heart breakingly beautiful Istanbul? I have close to some 2,000 pictures to choose from. Jeez.
There need to be many posts on things eaten - ?!!, no couscous but many other wonderful things. One evening we sat and made sigara böreks and I remembered km! I also want to do a photo post on the cats of Istanbul, on the Atatürk imagery seen everywhere and busking in Istanbul...still sorting through the photos as of now, though.
Things bought were numerous. Boxes of cevizli and fıstıklı lokum from Hacı Bekir, a kilo of baklava from Karaköy Güllüoğlu, books on Turkey (am currently in the middle of the very wonderful Fragments of Culture: The Everyday of Modern Turkey), earrings and more earrings from the Kapalıçarşı - though no doubt my friends would argue that one very cute and refined (and also, sadly, very proper) jeweller in Cevahir Bedestan was largely responsible for me making trek back there a second time* - and of course lots of music. Albums I didn't have by Burhan Öçal, Selim Sesler and Levent Yildirim among others. All great musicians you should be listening to, too!
I was hoping very much to be able to buy the DVD of Fatih Akın's Auf Der Anderen Seite, but unfortunately there were no English subtitles. Sigh. I did however get Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Iklimler (which I am very excited about watching) and Yılmaz Güney's 1982 Palm d'Or winner Yol.
Gah - have I mentioned how much I miss being there?
*I actually had to go back to get a broken pair of earrings fixed. So yeah.