I just returned from 4 days in Istanbul to celebrate a friends’ 40th birthday, my first getaway in 15 months and it was amazing. We all flew in on Thursday and it was quite a weekend, I didn’t stay up that late in ages and exceeded my yearly red wine intake thanks to the very attentive waiters we encountered in EVERY restaurant. I’ve been to Istanbul before and fell in love with it all over again, there’s a special vibe I can’t describe, it’s magical. The historic sites are breathtaking, we visited the Topkapi Palace Museum with its beautiful gardens, Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, the Basilica Cistern and last but not least the Grand Bazaar.
The Turkish cuisine is just out of this world and luckily very vegetarian/ OMS friendly, I never had an issues finding something to eat – I must admit, I ate all day long as there are countless stalls selling fresh fruit, corn on the cob or even roasted chestnuts. Their fruits and veggies taste so much better, it will take a couple of days until I’m used to less flavorful ones again.
I should have used all the space in my suitcase to bring back peaches, melons, cherries and tomatoes!
The temperature was my biggest concern, Istanbul in July is usually crazy, but I must say after 10 very hot days in Germany, 28 degrees in Istanbul felt like a welcomed break. It’s actually the first real hot summer since my diagnosis 3 years ago and I feel as if my body got used to warmer temperatures without falling apart. Who knows, maybe I’ll dare to go to South East Asia or another warm destination again soon, would love to!
I only had one hardcore fatigue incident but I don’t blame it on the MS…I guess it was a good old hangover, too much (belly) dancing and too little sleep 😉 Also great to experience that again, lol.
Still a bit in recovery mode but it was so worth it, I made great memories and had a blast.
“If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul.”
Alphonse de Lamartine