|San Antonio before takeoff|
|Arrival in Istanbul Ataturk Airport- Nilgun, Nadir and Nadide|
|Fruit stand near Mom's house|
I leaned out the car window and took this photo just a block from our destination.
|Breakfast on balcony first morning|
|Galata Tower - Built 1348|
|Istanbul University - Established 1453 by Fatih the Conqueror|
|Rumeli Castle and Fatih Bridge|
It rained all yesterday and it allowed me to sleep off much of my jet lag. After dinner, though, we all had more energy and the rain had stopped, so Nadide and Ugur and I took off for another long walk. We took a taxi for part of our journey and then walked along the shore by Rumelihisari, or Rumeli Castle. It was built in 1452 in a surprising three months and allowed Fatih Sultan Mehmet Koprusu to become Fatih the Conqueror by ending the Byzantium era and taking Constantinople to become today's Istanbul. We got as far on our walk as the Bebek area- Beautiful! Can't wait to go back in the daytime to see more of it. You're going to laugh, but we sat on the balcony of the Starbucks there in Bebek, and had our limonata and cake and tea, overlooking the beautiful Bosphorus in a perfect cool breeze. It has to be the best Starbucks location ever.
|Simit: sesame-encrusted circle bread... a new favorite for Susan|
|Our view from Mom's Balcony|
|Susan's eating ripe figs from this tree by the balcony...mmmm...|
|Bedriye - Mom|
|Bora, Sacide, Bedriye, Nadide, Susan, Ugur|
I've felt warmly welcomed into this sweet, loving family. It feels very, very good.