My time in Turkey is fast running out. So many pictures to show you and tales to tell, so litle time to do it.
On my first day I concentrated on trying to see as much local cookery as possible.
We didn't have to travel far to find gosleme, famous stuffed breads that look like over-stuffed parathas. There was a shop two doors from my apartment!
The shop has an interesting twist: the ladies cook the gosleme in the shop window. The signage says, "A variety of juicy foods are to be found here". Seriously.
I got a crash course on how it's done just by standing outside. The owner invited me in to get a better view. The ladies were so expert that I stood, enthralled and speechless at the speed they silently performed their tasks.
They made us some special made-to-order vegetarian ones - spinach, potato, and potato and cheese.
I just had time on that day to visit a massive and ancient spice and sweets bazaar in Sultanahmet. Truly breathtaking!
The interior of this bazaar was truly cavernous.
I have never seen such a range of lokum, so-called Turkish delight, along with hundreds of other sweets and spices arranged in appetizing displays.
Before I left Turkey, I said to myself, I had to find some simit, those ubiquitous disc-shaped fresh breads.
They are everywhere. You used to have to find a man selling them on street corners. Now every street corner has a simit shop. Times are a-changing.
Well, that's just a small sample of my photos and travel in Turkey. I sure packed a lot into four days. I'll try to share the rest later.
Posted by Kurma on 28/8/06; 4:22:57 PM
from the Travel dept.