People who live in glass houses.
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July 10th, 2008 – by: cmgervais
So, anyway, back to Istanbul. I handed the airport taxi driver a paper with the handwritten address to the apartment we are renting and held my breath.
Our driver found our apartment with no problem. It is in the northern Rimali Harsari neighborhood (named after the castle just down the street), right under the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge. This is well outside the action of Sultanahmet (Old City), but I fell in love with this short-term rental apartment on VRBO.
And am I ever glad we are! The building itself was a little dodgy looking from the outside, and the elevator is a little scary (old -- no inner door), but the apartment itself is fantastic. Two walls are constructed entirely of glass -- all the better to see the incredible views of the Bosphorus Straight, the body of water that divides Asia from Europe. So, we are over here in Europe, with a view of Asia. Pretty cool! And incredibly beautiful, too. We may never leave the apartment with a view like this.
There is also a huge outdoor living space, furnished with a sofa, two big chairs, a dining table, and a huge jacuzzi. Inside, the apartment is all modern and sleek, but the furniture is comfortable despite all the straight lines. I am thrilled to have a kitchen, since eating out really gets old after awhile.
So we got settled in (threw our clothes and stuff all about, and making a complete mess of the place), cooked up some pasta we found in the cupboard, and then went off to find food and drink for the long haul (we will be here 10 days). We headed south, walking along the waterfront.
On our left was the dark blue Bosphorus, very busy with ship traffic. The early evening light was hitting the buildings across the water just right, and everything had a warm golden hue to it. Beautiful. The street to our right was lined with atmospheric restaurants and cute cafes facing the water. On the paved waterfront, dozens of people (men, women and children) were wielding huge fishing poles. At first I thought the lines of little fish on their poles were bait, but Steve pointed out that they were removing the little fish from the line … so they were using these enormous poles to catch 2-inch fish! We saw vendors cooking up the little fish, heads and all, and groups of men were gobbling them down.
We walked through this area, past the crenellated castle (we will go inside later) and into a harbor area filled with yachts. But we didn’t find a grocery store in all of this. We headed back, our empty canvas bag flapping sadly. Back to our glass house. Tomorrow we will have to figure out our neighborhood.
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