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In Istanbul With Friends

 Just one week ago today I landed in Istanbul to spend a few days with four virtual friends I had gotten to know on Etsy’s European Street Team.  It’s a big leap from chatting on the net to chatting in real life, especially since being chatty isn’t exactly one of my strong points! ;)

The whole holiday was great, the girls were fantastic and just as I’d imagined them to be.  It felt as though we had known each other forever and the four days passed in a whirlwind of laughter, food, more laughter, lots of sightseeing, even more food and yet more laughter!

Happy times in Istanbul with (left to right)
Stephanie, Inger, Renate and Kristin. Little me on the right.
Thanks to Stephanie for the photo!

 

A little time was spent on supplies shopping too of course!

Braiding supplies from Istanbul

Fabric from Istanbul

 

One of the highlights for me was to watch Kristin from EviHAN at work in her studio, making one of her delightful angel faces.

 

She even let me have a go at trying to make a bead!  She makes it look super easy, and it may be too … after lots and lots of practice!  Here’s my first attempt …

 

We were lucky to have Kristin to show us around and help us to choose the most delicious food.

 

 

One of our walks led us to a small snackbar where we tasted a cheese-filled Filo pastry “pie” that tasted just like Maltese Ricotta Pastizzi!

 

Scrumptious breakfasts, lunches and dinners could easily have given us an extra 10Kg each, luckily we walked lots of it off to take in all the sights.  Here are a few:

 

The Bosphorus Strait

   
  

Inside the Topkapi Palace

  

The Basilica Cistern

  
  

Hagia Sofia & The Blue Mosque