Monthly Archives: May 2016

Istanbul: behind the headlines

Sometimes you can step behind the barrage of news, like stepping into that calm secret place behind a waterfall. Take stroll around Istanbul, as I’ve been doing these last few days. Have a glass of pickle juice at the pickle shop – very good for the stomach.


Take a wander through the fish market, where we bought lufer, Yashim’s favourite fish, and red mullet the size of your thumb, which I dusted with flour and pepper and fried.


Pick up a salad…


to go with some good bread…


pausing only to admire the portrait of the baker’s impressive grandfather…


and remembering to collect my own, patient father…


before taking a look at some of the 19th century architecture along the old Grande Rue de Pera, now Istiklal, Istanbul’s answer to Oxford St (and getting as tacky).

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Out again, to find more delights for Yashim’s next venture:

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