On Saturday Nia and her husband, Ylimaz came and picked us up in their car at our hotel.
My friends wanted to visit an outlet – shopping – and they took us to Via Port, a big outlet that we passed on our way from the airport. Not because we need anything – but it was nice to get away from the city center and maybe we would find something we din’t need until we saw it. *smile
The rain was hanging over us and it came a few drops, but at both occasions we where in the car.
Bengt, my friends partner – he found 2 par very nice pair of suede shoes in less than 30 min and I found out even quicker that there will be no shoes bought in Istanbul, they only have up to size 40. That saved me a lot of mone, because there was some gorgeous shoes in nearly every shoe store.
I was looking at a hand luggage piece at Samsonite store, but they where 40% more expensive than here in Landskrona, which surprised me. My shopping became very light – two mascaras.
But I looked at a new development that they showed a model of at the mall – why not, when dreaming – dream big.
We indulge ourselves with coffee and no calorie cakes before leaving and as we walked by the pond we met the most adorable duck family; mom, dad and 3 ducklings.
It was meant that we was going to have dinner out in the end of the Boğaziçi (Bosphorus) – but plan changed when Ylimaz suggested that we should have BBQ at their summer house instead. We drove to the Black Sea and it took a good while – I don’t know what village is called where they have their nice summer retreat, but when we drove through the village was it just like I had imaging a Turkish village to be; cattle in village road, flower pots, colorful houses and hanging laundry.
The famous and popular sea resort Şile, very beautiful, was only 10 min drive from their house.
We, who knows Nia and her blogging world – also know her passion for cats. Her own cat, Princess, was home in Istanbul. It didn’t take long time until Nia called for me and showed me the kittens that lived in the empty house across from theirs and both me and Oscar, we just melted. Mum with 3 kittens – there was also another cat, but never manage to capture it, have a feeling it was dad.
I don’t think I have say that the BBQ was a true fest with grilled chicken, hamburgers, great bread and fresh salads; food for a whole army. *smile
Of course fresh fruit and Turkish coffee. They eat a lot of bread in Turkey – but they eat very healthy – loads of fresh vegetables and fruit.
I really like the Turkish cuisine, but their fish has too much bones and so expensive.
Before we left for Istanbul we visit Şile, a truly beautiful little sea town – that I can see myself spending a couple of days in – next time! And we had the most wonderful sunset over mountains around Şile.
“A cup of coffee commits one to forty years of friendship.”