So for the past few mornings, I've been enjoying a leisurely breakfast right by the sea at the Four Seasons Bosphorus, living a #Travelife.
Very little tourist sightseeing on this trip, as I've been to Istanbul countless times and all I really want to do this time around is to take it easy and to check out the cool new shops, coffee places and restaurants that have sprouted up since I was last here about two years ago.
And to catch up with some friends. I'm having dinner with my friend N at one of my favourite restaurants in Istanbul tonight.
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R&R IN ISTANBUL
So it's a very relaxed pace of a trip with enough time to catch up on emails and to actually read the newspapers over a meal, and with as many spa treatments as I can fit in.
Of course, I'm doing a bit of the tourist stuff that I like as well.
LUNCH UNDER GALATA BRIDGE
The other day my friends and I had lunch under Galata Bridge, at one of the fish restaurants.
It's a very touristy place but I love sitting right by the sea under the bridge and watching the boats go by amidst the gorgeous views of the oldest neighbourhoods of Istanbul.
Even from the top luxury hotels, you don't get this experience.
BREAKFAST AT THE
FOUR SEASONS BOSPHORUS
Speaking of luxury hotels, breakfast at the Four Seasons Bosphorus is certainly a great way to start each day of a holiday in Istanbul, living a #Travelife.
They have a really interesting selection of food for breakfast, which includes Turkish bean soup and all kinds of fish done in a variety of ways.
GETTING MY FISH QUOTA
The fish dishes at breakfast were really delicious and I haven't seen such a comprehensive array of fish dishes at breakfast at other hotels.
Two fish dishes stood out at the Four Seasons Bosphorus: one was a shredded salmon dish which was delicious beyond words, and the other was marinated freshly-caught anchovies so prettily arranged it looks like a modern artwork.
I ate these with a big plate of buttered Turkish fried rice that the chef kindly made for me, when it wasn't available in the buffet spread.
VISITING ISTANBUL'S TOP MUSEUMS
Speaking of art, that's the other things on my agenda. One of my favourite museums in Istanbul is of course the Istanbul Modern, so that's where I'm headed today.
And then I'm checking out an away-from-the-tourist-track neighbourhood full of cool new designer shops and chic boutiques with one-of-a-kind items for sale. My kind of favourite places.
What a wonderful, relaxing week, in Turkey, living a never-endingly eventful #Travelife.