Retour d’Istanbul

Les hammams, les jus de grenade frais pressés devant vous, les nombreuses occasions de caresser les chats des rues, les kebaps épicés et les gâteaux de riz, le shopping de nuit à Beyoğlu, les visites de galeries jusqu’à minuit à Tophane, les odeurs entêtantes d’épices et d’herbes au Bazar aux épices, les dégustations de loukoum, les appels à la prière, l’architecture des mosquées et des maisons en bois, l’odeur de la mer avec la vue en permanence sur l’eau et les bateaux, l’expérience du thé turc, les cheminées du palais de Topkapı, les trams qui arrivent toutes les 5 minutes, la température agréable et les croisières sur le Bosphore pour aller se balader en Asie me manquent…mais je suis aussi contente d’être de retour dans mon atelier alpin pour peindre. Teşekkürler İstanbul !

Missing the sensual hot stone hammams, the fresh pomegranate juice made right in front of you, the endless opportunities to pet friendly street cats, spicy kebaps and milky rice puddings, late night shopping in Beyoğlu, gallery hopping in Tophane until midnight, breathing in the heady mix of spices and herbs in the Spice Bazaar, lokum tasting, the calls to prayer, the architecture of the mosques and wooden houses, the smell of the sea with constant views of boats and water, the Turkish tea experience, the fireplaces of Topkapı palace, trams that arrive every 5 minutes, jacket weather and cruising the Bosphorus to visit Asia… but also really happy to be back in my Alpine art studio, painting. Teşekkürler İstanbul!

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Je reviens à Grenoble après une magnifique semaine à Istanbul…et le Marché de Noël est ouvert !

I’ve returned to Grenoble after a splendid week in Istanbul… And the Christmas Market is open!

10 thoughts on “Retour d’Istanbul

  1. Ah oui l’ambiance est bien différente de notre Grenoble au moment de Noël !!! J’ai encore de jolis souvenirs d’Israël et je pense que ça ne doit pas être loin de ce qu’est la Turquie ^_^
    Des bisous ma belle.
    Emilie

  2. Istabul really is a great city, isn’t it? The hammams alone! So delish! I could use a scrub down like that once a week!

    The Christmas season has officially begun! Let the vin chaud flow!

    1. Delish indeed! Silly me… there are hammams walking distance away from my flat here in G-town and I’ve not yet been! And I’m la Grenobloise !!! tsk tsk tsk…

      Have you had vin chaud yet? I’ve had a few already cups already… and way too much chocolate… Got the xmas tree last night- excited !

  3. Brilliant sum-up of your trip! It brought back a few memories I can tell you! ah, the street cats, they are my lasting memory of Istanbul, that and hot apple tea.
    Love the top photo of the Hagia Sophia, beautiful xxx

    1. Thank you! Yes, just a paragraph collecting specifically what I liked there, that I don’t have in my regular life, sums it up in the best way! I had the apple tea once and it was so sweet and strong I couldn’t drink it– so I stuck with the Turkish one! Photos of Istanbul’s cats coming soon to this blog. :-)

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