Istanbul and the sights

Our first and only full day in Istanbul

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I was up before Jake and had an interesting Breakfast in the restaurant attached to our hotel.  Attempting to give you a visual of breakfast, it included a vast array of unidentifiable items.  I did identify the olive loaf, but not the other types of cold cut that I ended up feeding to some of Istanbul’s cats.  While I am on the topic of cats: I have never been in a city with so many cats roaming the streets.  They are all well fed and friendly.  In addition to the tourist feeding them we saw piles of cat food outside residence front doors, on ledges and windowsills.

Mom you would feel at home in this city.

About JSH

There are more than 195 countries in the world by my count and I want to see them all before they all start to look the same – The United Nations has 192 members, but they do not recognized two independent countries, the Vatican City and Kosovo. U.S. Department of State recognizes 194 independent countries around the world, but their list has a political agenda and is missing Taiwan. All of this is without getting into the dozens of territories and colonies that are sometimes called “countries” such as Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Greenland, Palestine, Western Sahara, and even the components of the United Kingdom (such as Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England) and without counting states and provinces like Texas and Montréal that think they are independent countries. No madder how you count or tag them they are changing, starting to look the same and losing a little bit of themself every day. I do not want to see the world through the eyes of Las Vegas or Disney, like reading the Cliff Notes of a Hemingway novel; you get the idea but miss the point! Life is short, but how long live is up to you…
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2 Responses to Istanbul and the sights

  1. Anne Russell says:

    If I lived there all the cats could be mine!

  2. Anne Russell says:

    That is a beautiful cat you are holding.

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