Friday, January 9, 2015

Turkey Vacation - day 6: New Year's Day in & around Istabul

I finally got to have Turkish coffee! It was delicious! It tasted like thick dark bitter chocolate with a muddy bottom.

Christine and Rosza being fancy with their makeshift monocles ;op

After finishing the Turkish coffee, you're supposed to turn it upside down on the saucer to let the muddy grounds run down, then you wait 5 minutes and turn it right side up again and then look at the abstract markings on the side of the cup that the grounds made and read your future...kinda funny...they saw all kinds of pictures in mine, including an alien...?

Traditional Turkish breakfast: Menemen - eggs with tomato, onion, & peppers.

Hagia Sofia. From its construction in 537 until 1453, it served as an Eastern Orthodox cathedralThe building was a mosque from 29 May 1453 until 1931. It was then secularized and opened as a museum on 1 February 1935.

Rosemary, Nate, Christine, and Rosza taking in the view from above.

Squampous had to take a peek too!

The view from one of it's windows.

Lunch time! We went to a little hole on the wall known for it's fresh fish sandwiches and overloaded backed potatos!

They have bottles of lemon juice on the tables, which was the perfect addition to this sandwich! I haven't had fresh, non-fried fish since the States, so this was a nice treat! I MISS GOOOOOOD FISH!!!!!!

The loaded baked potato...has EVERYTHING in it...not my fave, but interesting. Thankfully i only ordered sandwich and was satisfied with it!

This is a famous Turkish Delight/dessert shop in Turkey.

More delicious fresh-squeezed orange juice! YUMMERZ!

Gotta get my hot chocolate fill in when i can...we all got one :o]

In the foreground is my pistachio chocolate pudding (one of the highlights of the various desserts we got). In the background is Chistine's flan...tasted just like flan.

Rosemary's baked rice pudding. This was everybody's favorite!

Annnnnndddd...saving the weirdest for last: chicken pudding...that's right... Rosza was brave enough to order it. We all had a bite and that was enough, but she was a trooper and actually finished it (with the help of Nate eating 1 more bite)! It wasn't bad, per se, just odd.

You can see in these 2 bites the stringiness from the chicken...just weird.

Nate got the vanilla raspberry cake and it was very good!

Turkish Delight galore!!!

Then we went shopping...almost every store looks like this! I want my bedroom to look like this! It's so beautiful!!

The Blue Mosque at night.

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