Sunday evening is our start to our travels together in Western Turkey and guests from Vancouver are arriving en route via France, Switzerland, Italy and America. Of the twelve people who have joined us for this tour in Western Turkey two couples who arrived a day early express their wish to attend a Catholic mass on Sunday morning. We meet an hour early in Taksim Square and walk the side streets off of the main walking street of Istiklal through Beyoglu, the 19th c European quarter of Pera in Istanbul before arriving at the neo Gothic church of St Anthony of Padua.
After mass we walk down the hill along a street loaded with musical instrument shops past the Galata tower, a 14th c construct of the Genoese in Constantinople. Along the way we pick up a glass of freshly squeezed…pomegranate juice, refreshing and seasonal, delicious. At the bottom of the hill we walked over to the Istanbul Modern Museum for a brunch on their balcony overlooking the confluence of the Golden Horn and Bosphorus. Good food, wonderful views, new friendships and a wonderful start to our travels together. Let’s explore!