Even in a city that are not celebrating Christmas I found plenty of it and I’m so happy that I found my Christmas, because I love the light Christmas creates – and I think I would have been very disappointed if I had seen a Christmas tree and Santa.
The most beautiful part is the area around the two streets Şair Nedim Cad and Süleyman Seba Cad in Akaretler – Beşiktaş by the Shangri-La Hotel and W Hotel. Something I came across when having dinner at Gile and of course I didn’t have Oscar with me, so I just had to return to the area a couple of evenings later.
And people are still eating “al fresco” until midnight everywhere – I suppose something has do with the smoking. The evenings have been so mild, around +12C/54F plus the heating lamps, but still … their food must get cold in seconds.
I was told that there was a big Christmas Party on the streets on 24th, but I was having dinner in another part of the city, if I had known I would have swapped my restaurant bookings around.
My hotel is offering Christmas decorations and lights too. Taksim Sq have their 3 Christmas trees and some beautiful lights.
I even met an elf.
To escape to Istanbul was the best thing I have done for a very long time, the city sparkles 24/7. I have been thinking of going away over Christmas for years, but it wasn’t possible while mum was alive – even if we didn’t celebrate Christmas as such to leave her sitting alone over Christmas was out of the question.
Have always spent my “off duty” Christmas with her. Where ever I lived in the world, I have always gone home for Christmas – and now I can go away for Christmas …. and it will be an escape again and again, but maybe not to Istanbul every time.
Now it’s time to start packing – early departure tomorrow! Back home and hopefully there will be a little bit of snow.
“There’s something about Christmas that’s magical.
Money just seems to disappear into thin air.”