Where have I been?

You know how time flies when you are having fun right… well we have been to the UK and then to Istanbul and back to the US and I have been so caught up in everyday life that I forgot to write my blog post. So here it is, Izzet and I had a great time in Istanbul, it brought back so many great memories for us. We visited the Hamam, which if you have never been you really should try it, you go into a very warm room, full of women (not my favorite bit!) in your bikini and lay on a a warm slab of marble, then a masseuse will wash you down with lots of soapy water and then she scrubs you until your top layer of skin is gone! Now call me mental I know but actually it is a great feeling and i was totally tingling, then you just relax on the marble slab. After which you go into another room where they smoother you in orange oil and then another masseuse gives you a massage. Bliss !

Izzi and I fresh off the boat!

Izzi and I fresh off the boat!

We went to the Asian side too and had to take a ferry across the Bosphorus which is a really fun day out and you can see the whole of Istanbul from the ferry. We went to have fresh fish and believe me it does not come any fresher…

St Sophia

St Sophia

We went to the spice market and if you have never visited one anywhere in the world, you cannot appreciate the smell and atmosphere, it is electric. You can find the most exotic spices, probably even ones you have never heard of, do not know what to do with and some that I would be wary about using! I have to say that I am not a big fan of flavored teas, but in Istanbul I got addicted to the apple tea , so much so I carried a ton of it home!

The Spice Market

The Spice Market

Now you know me, when it comes to a bargain, I am your woman! we went to the Grand Bazaar , where there are more than 5000 shops it is claimed. Believe me when i say I think we visited them all…to be honest I didn’t buy too much this trip, or at least not that I am admitting too but the art on some of the bowls and lamps is awesome.

Just look at the colors

Just look at the colors

If we were able to change the light fittings in our home I would have bought one of these wonderful lamps, but as we are in transit this month of looking for a new New York home, I decided to wait until the next trip, but take a look at the wonderful colors. They made me want to stare at them for ever, I felt really inspired by them and I wanted to get my drawing book out, they gave me great ideas for the new collection.

Colorful lamps

Colorful lamps

As the week drew to a close I was quite sad to be leaving Istanbul, but happy to be getting back to New York.

The sun setting from our hotel

The sun setting from our hotel

I love the adventures we have and  I  love always coming back to New York, where nothing surprises me, having said that on Sunday izzi and I went off to the East village to get some provisions. I was longing for a good old English Banger! (Sausage for those Americans reading this) and we went in search of Meyers of Berwick, where they sell everything British. Normally I never feel the need to eat good old English food, but when it come to sausages I am a sucker. But of course you could not leave the shop without buying a pork pie and and a sausage roll now could we! Bang goes the diet again then!

Meyers of Berwick

Meyers of Berwick

As we left the shop izzi and I decided to walk home in the lovely sunshine and we passed a shop that had a rather strange sign in the window. I have no idea at all what to say about this, what it was about or what they were in fact selling. Answers on a postcard please!

Answers on a postcard!

Answers on a postcard!

I tried to find a pair of shoes to fit, but the assistant told me that these feet were not meant to be in shoes! can you tell me what is actually wrong I ask you! LOL

feet

And then we went into the subway at 14th street and there was a Croc eating a child…WTH ? I have no idea what the artist was thinking or why the City allowed this to be in a subway, but there you have it.

Gottcha!

Gottcha!

So you can see why I love living in this crazy town…