We're Back...Major Postage Pending

The immediate takeaways - before I inundate you with hundreds of photos of Porter and me standing in profile with our hands on our hips:

(1) No matter how sunny, the Istanbul skyline always evokes an old autochrome image.

(2) The House Cafe is amazing. All nine (or however many there are) of them.

(3a) The Turks should teach lessons on street maintenance. They seem to keep their steep-as-an-Alp roads pothole free - while maintaining the sea shell mosaic cobble stone pattern (with no stones out of place).

(3b) The garbage men may be the hardest working on the planet. They haul the bags at light speed and then follow up with hand brooms and large dustpans (while wearing quite cute Wellie-esque rain boots also favored by the hundreds of fishermen).

(4) There is absolutely nothing of interest in the Grand Bazaar. At all. The Spice Market beats it hands down (world's greatest string cheese (sold for pennies), wonderfully packaged Turkish coffee...).

(5) New York dogs and cats should go to obedience school on the streets of Istanbul.  Feral, yet so well behaved!  (Also, a proliferation of comparably cute feral cats = no rats).

(6) Infinity pools are amazing. Especially infinity pools "spilling" into the Bosporus.

(7) The Turkish contacts/Lasix lobby is beating the vintage-inspired thick rimmed glasses lobby hands down. I was the only person in thick frames at a solidly packed gallery opening (in New York, the average is more like 50-70% (20% of whom probably have 20/20 vision)).

More to come in parts: shopping/acquisitions, key sites, eating!
Photo: Porter, in front of one of the Dolmabahçe Palace gates overlooking the Bosporus


  1. Anonymous says:

    So glad that you are back and it sound as though you had a great time.

    Can't wait to hear (and see) more!


  2. Memphis88 says:

    Can't wait to read about y'alls trip.

  3. glad you're back, & that it was a brilliant trip...with autochrome overtones...can't wait to hear/see more

  4. Anonymous says:

    welcome home! So glad youre back and cant wait to see more!

  5. Pitboss12 says:

    If the first picture is an indication of what's to come, we are in for a treat. That's an awesome looking gate

  6. The Turkish contacts/Lasix lobby is beating the vintage-inspired thick rimmed glasses lobby hands down.

    lol...love that! welcome back!