In a few hours we begin the long journey back to Kuala Lumpur.
Posting has been light while we've been in Turkey. We had great plans for lots of on-site updates. But honestly it's been difficult to tear ourselves away from just being in Istanbul and beyond long enough to write about it (editing thousands of photos takes time too). Time enough for all that once we're on the other side.
Suffice it to say -- if you've ever thought about visiting Turkey, do. If you haven't, you should. We fell in love with this country 12 years ago. We wondered if, 10 years after our last visit, we'd feel the same. We do.
In the meantime, here's a photo taken yesterday, at a tea garden in front of Beyazit Mosque.This is staff lunch: bread, salty white cheese, and watermelon so sweet that the last bit of flesh left on the tongue are more like grains of sugar than fruit (we tasted). To us, it's the perfect illustration of what makes eating in Turkey so wonderful.
It is going to be very difficult to get on that airplane.