We spent the morning starting to explore Sultanahmet.
There is a ton of stuff to see here (Topkapi Palace, the Blue
Mosque, Aya Sofya Mosque, and much more).
Right now we’re taking a lunch break,
looking out across the Hippodrome. The seating is low slung benches
with pillows and rickety old wooden chairs. We’re just resting,
trying to kick jetlag, sipping our Turkish tea, and taking it
Then a woman leans over from a nearby table,
and asks in an American accent, “Excuse me – do you
guys, by any chance, have a travel website?” Why yes, as
a matter of fact we do! It turns out that Amy, traveling with
her husband Bill and another friend, Robert, have read our site.
They’re travel buffs and have taken a number of great trips,
so they’re fluent in all the online info available. Nonetheless,
we’re stunned - recognized by complete strangers (a credit
to Amy’s memory more than anything else, to be sure). And
if that isn’t enough, Robert goes on about how he’s
sent our link to lots of his friends (whether it’s true
or not, it sure was a nice thing to say).
We happily chat with them for a while, they
give us some good advice about Istanbul (they’ve been here
a few days longer than we have at this point), we get their contact
info, and head on our way. Over the next couple weeks, we keep
turning to each other and saying, “Can you believe that
happened? It’s crazy!”