In this week’s round-up of our ‘photo a day project’, we fly back to Istanbul from Denizli, figuring it'd be less hassle. Only the flight was late and, landing on the opposite side of the Bosphorus, we missed the last ferry. Long story short, in a race through the city to cross the Strait and get home before last everything, we arrived hours after we intended and just as tired as had we opted for the overnight bus. The rest of the week involved food, fun and felines. Just the way we like it.
June 2nd 2014. Theatrics. Although better known for its white travertine terraces, Pamukkale is also the home of the ancient city of Hierapolis. Located in the same complex and right behind the hot springs, it's a sight not to be missed.
June 3rd 2014. Sister Pamukkale. A lesser-known attraction in the Denizli area is Kaklık Caves. Sometimes referred to as the “underground” Pamukkale, it features the same kinds of calcium deposits that make the main site so famous.
June 4th 2014. International Hug Your Cat Day. Found a cat. Hugged it. Can you tell someone is looking forward to our next housesitting assignment?
June 5th 2014. Lean, green bowling machines. It has been a while since we last bowled, so we took advantage of “ladies night” at the local bowling alley to knock over some pins with good friends.
June 6th 2014. Inner sanctum. Fantastical tales of opulent sultans, castrated eunuchs, exotic concubines, love and treachery was too much for us not to visit the harem at Istanbul's Topkapi Palace and imagine this place in its former glory for ourselves.
June 7th 2014. Dress up heaven. Whilst exploring the side streets off Istanbul's popular shopping strip, Istiklal Avenue, we stumbled upon this rather unassuming thrift store. As it turns out, ‘By Retro' is somewhat of a fashion institution and is where the elaborate pieces from Turkey's theatre and TV scene come to retire and find new homes. Well, you can guess what happened next! A good hour or so of costume fun, that's what!
June 8th 2014. Cooking lesson. With so many meat dishes in Turkish cuisine, it's nice to go purely vegetarian sometimes. We love dolma – vegetables stuffed with rice and spices. Especially lucky for us is the fact that our hosts are amazing cooks who, for one, are from the city of Adana where they do things extra spicy (our favourite) AND, two, are happy to show us how to make it! Afiyet olsun!