Those who follow me on Instagram will have had a pictorial trail of where I've been. It's @cillajean79 for those who don't.
It's been a whirlwind few days! Where I left off, I was just about to meet Naomi from couldashouldawoulda. We had a lovely time, squealing at expensive things, with N expertly leading me through the best of London's goods. I even found a new signature fragrance.... It's one of those rare hard to find ones, by a company called nasomatto (translates to mad nose in Italian ... Wonder if that's deliberate?)
Then caught up with an old friend (my first friend at uni). She is in Londy for 2 years, doing part of a post doc. Her hubby and toddler are with her. Good food, conversation and, after the toddler went sleepy byes, wine flowed. If you are in Bloomsbury, there is a great Greek eatery called The Goddess of Life.
Then off to Valencia to meet the fella. Valencia was another whirlwind place- I spent all 3 nights at the fella's conference social events. But I bought 3 pairs of shoes- 2 in same style different colour. It would've been 3 in that style (an emerald green pointy pump) but I showed great restraint. I also discovered a really good brand of cosmetics- Kiko, from Milan. Great quality and range, at a low price point. If you are on the continent, get onto it!
We flew from Valencia to Istanbul yesterday. Yes there is a direct flight. Taxi drivers in Spain and Turkey are similar in terms of their hair- raising driving. After this, and crowded airports both ends, I needed a soothing beverage. Who knew Turkey made wine?
Today was a wander about the new and old towns. We arranged some tours for later on. We are staying in The Karakoy district, down the hill from Taksim, and a short walk over the bridge from the old city. We were woken up by the call to prayer; noise is ubiquitous in Istanbul. I love that plaintive call, alarming at the beginning, then calming.
Karakoy is like the fitzroy of Istanbul, gritty and funky. Lots of new modern bars and cafés, and great people watching of Istanbul's young trendy folks. What our hotel lacks in size, it makes up for in kindness of the staff, and quality of the complementary breakfast. Turkish food may be a separate post subject.
Just about off to Bedfordshire. Will post again soon x