Our last day in Kas was spent wandering around, sunbathing, and having a delicious family dinner on the beach. After Kas we headed back to Istanbul for 3 more days of city life. Darryl and I stayed with Banu and Alex at their apartment in Beyoglu which overlooks the French Embassy and the Hagia Sophia. Their apartment was beautiful and reminded me a little bit of apartments in San Francisco, but with prettier walkups and decorative tiles in the entryway. On our last night, I had one of the best meals of my life. I know I’ve said that before, but I can honestly say that the best meals I’ve ever had have been in Turkey and Peru. Talk about a palate explosion. I was so sad to leave such an awesome country after spending so much time with family and friends and having such epic moments. I cried hard. Before I leave from wherever I’m visiting, I always take a few minutes to absorb the present moment and then really think about how great I feel and try to hold on to that. That way I can always go back to it in my head and feel like some part of me is still there. I think there will always be a part of me in Turkey. It truly is a special place that I cherish.
Kas is an old fishing village, and you definitely get the local vibe when you’re walking around. There are some tourists, although it’s not the most tourist-y area in the Mediterranean. It still has a laid-back, quaint feel to it.
We explored other areas of the Bazaar and stumbled upon this crazy hooka spot. It was packed and it looked fun but I’ve done the hooka thing (last time I went to Turkey) and it doesn’t agree with me. I think I’ll try it again on my next visit, though.
Alex & Banu took us to the most delicious restaurant for our last supper. Apparently the owner is always dressed in hospital scrubs. He takes his food very seriously, which I could understand why when I tasted all of this. These were just the mezzes–what you eat before your entree’. I walked up to a huge cooler and had my choice of various kinds of seaweed, seafood, and vegetables. It was out of this world! And it didn’t hurt that our view was something like this…
I hope you’ve enjoyed my photos and stories from Turkey! Thanks to everyone for leaving such lovely comments! xo Joanna