At long last, I have a moment to post pictures from my wonderful trip to Turkey. I am so behind on pictures I have been wanting to share, but I figure I'd just start if one of the more recent ones. Little things I learned about Istanbul: 1. There are stray cats EVERYWHERE. 2. People in Istanbul like strays. There was pet food and water everywhere. 3. I love Turkish food. 4. Istanbul is a transcontinental Eurasian country. The Asia side is mostly residential and the European side is very touristy. So naturally, this song was stuck in my head and I hope it gets stuck in your head until you close this post : "Istanbul was Constantinople, Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople Been a long time gone, Constantinople Now it's Turkish delight on a moonlit night..." - They Might Be Giants Mado (Turkish Ice Cream Chain) where I stuffed my face with various Turkish desserts. At Mado, the tour guide insisted that I get "real ice cream." I had to eat it with a fork and knife. After eating it I become a little obsessed with the marmalade that came with the ice cream and bought several jars at a local supermarket. What is real ice cream? "The adventure of “real ice cream” is 300- year adventure of ice cream starting with Karsambac made of molasses, honey and fruit extracts added to snow. The name of ice cream combines with a city in this adventure. Kahramanmaras did not only give its name to the ice cream... With its consistency and special aroma, it gives the secret of taste in K. Maras ice -cream. The milk of goats feeding with wild orchid flowers, thymus and keven greening in plateaus close to clouds in Ahir Mountain and sahlep collecting from bulbs of these orchids gently." - Described by Mado I also had a dessert made out of chicken breast called Tavuk göğsü. It was kind of like eating very sticky and wet mochi. "Tavuk göğsü (Turkish: tavuk göğsü, [taˈvuk ɟøːˈsy], "chicken breast") is a Turkish dessert pudding made with chicken and milk. It became one of the most famous delicacies served to the sultans in the Ottoman Topkapı Palace. It is today considered a 'signature' dish of Turkey. The traditional version uses white chicken breast meat, preferably freshly slaughtered capon. The meat is softened by boiling and separated into very fine fibers or rillettes. Modern recipes often pound the meat into a fine powder instead. The meat is mixed with milk, sugar, cracked rice and/or other thickeners, and often some sort of flavoring such as cinnamon. The result is a thick pudding often shaped for presentation. The dish is more or less identical to the medieval "white dish", blanc manger that was common in the upper-class cuisine of Europe. Some have suggested that blanc manger and tavuk göğsü are, in fact, variants of the same dish." - Wiki Our jam/perserve horde. A nice park on the Asia side of Instanbul. There were tons of super friendly stray cats, which meant I was photo shooting with them and rolling on ground. The streets of the Asia side. It was very residential and I was told that most people live on the Asia side then work on the Europe side. Turkish coffee stand I regret not picking one up for my house... Market area Beef pastrami Dried produce to stuff A little bit of just about everything. My amazing clementine lemonade Falafel Men and women had to wash their legs and arms before entering the mosque. Sorry didn't realize it was so dark... Turkish rug making Inside the Grand Bazaar Cats on mosques There is so much traffic that people (most likely gypsies) were selling snacks and drinks in the middle of the road. Spinning Turkish ice cream Ephesus "In the year of 10 BC, Androclos, the son of King of Athens-Kodros, was searching a location for establishing a site. Androclos belonged to Akhas, was running from the Dor invasion in Greece. He was leading one of the migration convoys. It was predicted by an Apollon oracle that a fish and a boar would show the location of the new settlement. Days later, parallel to the oracle’s prediction, while frying, a fish fell down from the pan, irritating a hiding boar behind the bushes. The feared boar escaped immediately. Androclos followed the boar and established the city of Ephesus, where he had killed the boar. When Androclos died in the wars with Carians, a mausoleum was built to the memory of the first king of Ephesus. The mausoleum is considered to be placed around "The Gate of Magnesia". Ephesus was ruled by the Lydian king, Kreisos, in the mid 6BC. The city reached the "Golden Age" and became a good model to the Antic World in culture and art, as well. As the detailed excavations have not completed yet, apart from the Artemis, the remains of that age haven’t been revealed. Later, Ephesus was dominated by Persians. As Ephesians did not join the "Ionian Rebellion" against Persians, the city was saved from destruction. The rebellion resulted in the loss of Persian. Alexander the Great won Persians and the Ionian cities got their independence in the year of 334. Ephesus was in great prosperity during the times of Alexander the Great Until the arrival of Alexander the Great, Ephesus was consisted of two governing systems, democratic and oligarchic. But the oligarchic system was violated with the coming of a new ruler, and a rebellion existed in Ephesus." - http://www.ephesus.us/ephesus/ephesus_history.htm Like a boss. If it fits. WHEW. lol Thanks for reading!