Jake the sommelier

20140429_165739As we continued to explore we found a winery called Turasan with a tour and 20140429_165733tasting.  The stop was fun, interesting, and the experience memorable. We had a flight of 6 20140429_165727wines ranging from a young white to an 8 year old tawny port.  Jake and I both liked the local white, EMIR.
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After the wine, we stop and had some Turkish tea and a snack of peanuts covered in honey and some type of little seeds in a small town with another great view.  We had our break in a spot with 5 or 6 tables full of old men all playing games. Before making the hour drive back to the airport for our 10:30 flight back to Istanbul for the night before setting off to Israel in the AM.

We arrived at the airport early without any issues and full stomachs from a pit stop we 20140429_194516made along the way at a great road side stand selling Döner (tightly packed meat roasted on a large vertical spit).  Dropped off the car without the Hertz guys noticing the mark on the passenger side of the car (we might have parked very close to the car next to us). DSC_3677All was going so well, until we checked in and realized our tickets were for 10:30 that morning not 10:30 at night.  Shit we need to be in Istanbul tonight in order to make our connection tomorrow morning. I do not want another over night or another 5 hour layover. With a little help from Mr. Amex we fund 2 seats on another flight and were in bed at the airport hotel by 12:30.

 

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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