2015-10-14 Istanbul, Turkey

Too cold this morning for a swim in the hotel pool
Too cold this morning for a swim in the hotel pool
We set off for a walk to Taksim Square
We set off for a walk to Taksim Square
The Monument of the Republic in Taksim Square
The Monument of the Republic in Taksim Square
No shortage of coffee shops here
No shortage of coffee shops here

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As always the famous shopping street, Istikal Caddesi off Taksim Square is as busy as ever
As always the famous shopping street, Istikal Caddesi off Taksim Square is as busy as ever
The Turkish bakeries with their large supplies 'Turkish Delights'
The Turkish bakeries with their large supplies ‘Turkish Delights’
Roasted chestnuts and grilled corn are popular street food in Turkey
Roasted chestnuts and grilled corn are popular street food in Turkey

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 The small street off Istikal Caddesi where my hairdressing salon is situated
The small street off Istikal Caddesi where my hairdressing salon is situated
Back to 'Baby Face' for the 4th year in a row to have my hair done
Back to ‘Baby Face’ for the 4th year in a row to have my hair done
It was dark when I finally left the hairdresser for the 10 minute walk back to the hotel
It was dark when I finally left the hairdresser for the 10 minute walk back to the hotel
Tonight we decide to dine in 'Restaurant 34' on the ground floor of our hotel
Tonight we decide to dine in ‘Restaurant 34’ on the ground floor of our hotel
 We try a nice Turkish Syrah
We try a nice Turkish Syrah
Fish for dinner for me tonight
Fish for dinner for me tonight
A generous portion of slow cooked lamb for Ric
A generous portion of slow cooked lamb for Ric

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Ric talks to one of the chefs in the open kitchen in the restaurant
Ric talks to one of the chefs in the open kitchen in the restaurant
The well stocked cheese cabinet in the restaurant
The well stocked cheese cabinet in the restaurant
 The sweets on display look amazing!
The sweets on display look amazing!
Overlooking the reception on our way back to our room
Overlooking the reception on our way back to our room

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