Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Day 1 – Istanbul – The Big Fish

Arrived on Asian side, hopped on Havas bus to Taksim Square, then walked down to a restaurant for some bean soup, lamb and aubergines, before trecking down to Galata bridge, where we took a tram to the University and our Hotel (Niles). Seda, our uber-friendly receptionist, was fun and we’ve settled into our bijou room for a rest before venturing out again.

Down to the Hippodrome to see the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia at night, along with the obelisk (Tutmose), Dephic python and Constantinian column. Walked down to a top-class fish restaurant, where we had a meal in Neyzen, Kumpaki. Mezes of octopus, anchovies, olives, calamari, garlic sauce followed by a 1Kg sea bream, baked in salt and set alight at our table. A bottle of Raki then a banana, apple and pear fruit concoction with honey and nuts, finished off by a mint liqueur. Stuffed as a mattress.