As you all know I have been keeping you abreast of the lack of rain in Mersin. I think at last check it was 4 rainy days in 138 days. That’s a lot of sunny days! Anyhow, Daughter and I went to Istanbul last weekend for a little holiday and, on the way to Adana, our rain free run came to an end. Yes it rained. Daughter was excited. Me? I was more concerned about the weather in Istanbul. I googled it that morning and saw a high of 3 degrees Celsius. That falls under a huge “Yikes” for me.
In the six days that Daughter and I were in Istanbul it rained in Mersin – a lot. There was some localised flooding (not in Karaduvar thankfully) heavy rain and strong winds. Since our return yesterday it has been sunny and rather pleasant, in fact I managed to get a little pink while sitting on my newly completely (finally) balcony this morning.
And Istanbul? Yes it was cold. Really cold in fact. But despite the zero degrees and the occasional snowflakes that turned the city a dreary grey we had a great week away from Mersin. Daughter did a lot of shopping (she “discovered” Topshop while wandering down Istiklal Caddesi) and we visited our usual haunts including the Basilica Cistern, Sultan Ahmet Camii and Hagia Sophia.
Will blog more about Istanbul soon but right now I have a lot of laundry to get on the line. Just before I sign off I just want to add one more thing. Away for a week and The Turk is unable to do the washing despite the fact that I have showed him a dozen times how to use the washing machine AND the fact that the instruction manual is in Turkish AND who uses a clean towel every – single – day? Clean undies – yes – but clean towels???