Sunday, April 22, 2012

Istanbul Pancakes!

One thing we are learning, is that you really don't need much to do what you set your mind to. So many times we say we can't do this or that because we don't have the resources to do it. Well to that I stick my tongue out.

Certain things like baking soda and powder were very difficult to find. The milk here is also pretty poor. But hunting around the various stores we managed to find what we need. Mostly...

No maple syrup, but Ashley suggested we use this grape molasses instead. Not quite the same, but in terms of sticky sweet topping it did a pretty good job.
Bacon in Istanbul isn't really going to happen. Not while they stay Muslim that is. So instead we sliced up some cumin sausage and pan fried it like back bacon. So yummy!

Istanbul Apartment - Outside

Just a short post to remind us of where we lived in Istanbul when looking back at all of this.

This was the parking in front of our apartment, with the TRT news station in the background (blue building)

Our little apartment in the very big city. The second floor was where we stayed. On the right is our living room, and the left is the bedroom. Not much, but it kept us warm (mostly) and the rain off our head.

Had a wonderful red door with a yellow scooter. Sadly we couldn't ride the scooter. Perhaps this is a glimps into the future Mead-Robins front door?

Granada Walk About - Part 2

Lemon trees overflow the little back alley ways. In other parts you'll find little courtyards with a fountain and an orange tree growing.

We made it all the way to the bottom of the ravine which separates the Albacine from the Alambra. Makes for a really nice early evening walk. 

Ashley was pretty excited to be dining next to fire. As the sun goes down and the temperature drops, she is sure to stay warm.

We continued our progressive dinner and ordered some wine. This came with a tapa of fried fish and calamari. We have been here a week almost and still have no idea how tapas work. Anyone know? Sometimes you get one with drink, sometimes you don't. Sometimes you can order them, sometimes they get weirded out because you aren't getting a drink which comes with one for free. We have NO idea how Tapas in Spain work.

Had a nice view with dinner. More of the looking up view of the Alambra.

We ordered a serving of Gazpacho. I normally don't like tomato soup. However, this was great. I gladly helped Ashley finish.

Our main courses came. A traditional grenada meal of egg, lamb, chorizo sausage, potatoes, and blood sausage. Also got a yummy artichoke, ham, olive, tomato pizza.

Ashley, quite hungry, was pretty excited about food.

So the sun set as we slowly ate and drank and tried to slow down our pace of life.

Ashley was nice and warm by her blow torch ambiance.

Gotta snap an obligatory night shot of the Alambra.

... and then we walked home in the warm southern spain evening.

A very good Friday indeed.

Granada Walk About

Since we aren't working on Friday's we decided to take a bit of a stroll and see where it put us. The Mirador de San Nicolas seemed like a good starting point. It is the highest part of the Albayzin, where we are staying.

Must say the view of Grenada from up there was really quite striking.

So was the girl I found up there with her yellow jacket and red pants. She let me take her picture.

For whatever reason Segways are all the rage for tours. Every single major place we have been to has a Segway tour. They looked kind of funny, so I couldn't help but snap a shot.

Carrying on with our walk, we found this really nice park. Although it had a distinct 4:20 smell to it.

Lots of hippies, free living, and general laid back living which are coming to realize is such a big part of Grenada. In someways it feels like laid back west coast home.

Going further up, we found the real Mirador de San Nicolas which has a fantastic view of the Alambra. Behind it on the left is a snow covered mountain, the Sierra Nevada. It is Europe's most southern ski resort, as well as Spain's highest peak. Ashley got all excited about skiing again.

Could get a good view of the easter section of Grenada at the foot of the Alambra

Using our Istanbul skills we spotted some umbrellas on a terrace. Thinking we could get a great view with a small meal, we headed there. Yep, great meal, and good food. Sipping sangria, while eating croquets, looking over the Alhambra and Grenada. Yep, good Friday afternoon.

Neat little garden of the house just below us. I was curious how much stuff they get tossed in their yard from restaurant goers.

Once done with food we headed down the little streets of the Albaicin...

First Meal in Granada

Went out for a first meal in Grenada. Pretty sure Ashley's spanish is coming in quite handy, as she somehow got a much more generous serving of wine then I. Or perhaps it was the strange wink from that nice waiter.
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Friday, April 20, 2012

Prayer Call on Galata Bridge

5 Times a day starting at 5am (that isn't a typo) these prayer calls go out. It really is quite beautiful.

Wondering Around after Istanbul Modern

After Istanbul Modern we wandered around for a while. Ashley was checking out the local sea life down by the shore.

Nate, had another idea. Although we concluded that a wet, and soon after cold, Ashley would not be very fun.

Took the Istiklal tram back. Beate on the left Nate on the right.

Ashley enjoying hanging out the trolly as we rolled down the busy street.

The Friday Night get together with the church is on the 5th floor of a building on Istiklal. Took the opportunity to snap some shots of the city at night.

This is Galata tower all lit up. Seeing the mosques in the distance shining like jewels really gives this city its charm.

Once done there, we headed for our last stop of the day, wine bar.

If you are ever in Istanbul Solera is a wonderful place to drink a good glass of wine with a couple pairings.

Good times had by all with some good friends.