Dreaming of Istanbul

Image: Istanbul Rooftops by Roey Ahram

Nine school days + three weekend days, 500 college applications, one ACT exam to supervise and two Coetail technology sessions… these are the things that stand between us and three blissful weeks in Istanbul.

While I send off university applications, DP has been marking and writing report narratives so the stress/insomnia level in our household has definitely surpassed a healthy limit. I am, quite literally, dreaming about Istanbul – a city I’ve not yet seen. In my dreams, I am walking along the banks of the Bosphorus taking black and white photographs with a really gorgeous camera… that I do not own in real life. (I think that’s a sign, no?)

DP and I have rented an apartment in the Sultanahmet neighborhood of Istanbul near the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. This is a writing vacation which means that, for part of each day, we’ll both be writing. For fun. (I know it’s not everyone’s idea of fun but there you go!)

This is our first trip to Istanbul and I am really looking forward to visiting a city that straddles Europe and Asia. That’s how I feel sometimes.

Every Monday, lovely Mara at The Mother of all Trips also dreams about past and future travels. Please do pay her a visit.

And what about you? What/where are you dreaming of? Where and how will you spend your holiday?


  1. Seeing Istanbul for the first time sounds a lot better than returning to San Francisco for the 5th trip in a single year. Would you care to switch plans with me? My parents are very nice and there’s a spare room you could stay in.

  2. You are going to love Istanbul! We spent two days there this summer while on a Mediterranean cruise and it was amazing. I can’t wait to go back and spend more time.

  3. Ooooh, seeing Istanbul, how amazing! I can’t wait to hear all about it and see those dreamy photos in black and white that you…or someone take while on your trip 🙂

  4. Lisa,

    We loved it. To convey how I feel, I must use capitals… we LOVED it. It’s both sumptuous and falling down and I can’t wait to go back in another season. The locals told us that spring is brilliant in Istanbul. Thanks for your comment… I hope you get back soon too!


  5. Sweet Kyle,

    Happy New Year! There are more photos coming… I took some that I love and when DP puts some of his beauties up on his blog, I’ll provide a link. Thanks for stopping by.


  6. Jamie,

    Thanks so much for the comment and for the orientation talk that you guys gave us before we left. Olives, feta, apple tea, sesame bagel (which is not called a bagel in Turkey), Turkish pastries. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Amazing!

    One day we went on a tour of the Spice Market and then took a ferry over to Kadakoy where we ate our way all the way to the restaurant Ciya. We were so stuffed with deliciousness that our eyeballs struggled to stay lodged in their sockets. (That’s probably a bit too vivid but that’s how it felt!)

    We will totally go back! I hope your time in Vietnam was fantastic.


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