Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Cisterns and the Sea

Another fabulous day in the European Capital of Culture and Sports (that's a pretty impressive feat if you ask me). Last night, I met a nice Australian guy named Tristan who had plans to visit the Basilica cisterns just a few blocks from our hostel. We had another nice breakfast on the rooftop terrace before visiting the site which can be seen in From Russia with Love and Assassin's Creed (the latter of which will make Micah proud). It was beautiful and cool underground. The cisterns were used to supply water to the palace and other buildings in the area, but were only opened to the public in the 1980s.
We then strolled along the busy streets (are there any streets in this city that aren't busy?) until we reached the waterfront. Here, we jumped aboard a cruise of the Bosphorus. WOW. The boat took us all the way up to the, surprisingly named Bosphorus Bridge. We were able to see some beautiful houses, cafes, and parks along the waterfront.
Next, a stroll through the Spice Bazaar provided some delicious Turkish treats. This place is a wonderland for people who love desserts (though I'm not sure I know anyone who doesn't like dessert, right?). As we were exiting the jam packed stalls of the bazaar we stumbled upon a most interesting sight.....the set of the upcoming James Bond movie. I searched high and low for the delicious Daniel Craig, but was only able to spot a few stunt cars and camera crew. Still pretty exciting and I was able to quickly snap this photo before the security teams swarming the set spotted me. Everyone was in a bit of a tizzy about the filming, so excitement was in the air. All in all, a wondrous day!


  1. Oh my goodness! I'm envious of your wild adventure and impressive travel!!! I pray that you are safe, healthy and full of love always-no matter where you are Emily. We are so proud of you and love you so much! Good luck and may the Lord guide you and protect you every step of the way on your journey. Carpe Diem!
    Jack, Erin and Jack Logan Gibson xoxo

  2. Gibson Family!
    Thank you so much for your comment. I appreciate your thoughts and prayers. I am having a great time and doing well. I hope all is well with you and that you are all happy, healthy, and safe! Thank you so much for your support. Hopefully the blog will keep you mildly entertained every now and then:)