The Queen of Cities

May 19, 2014 - Istanbul, Turkey



I am having a great time in Istanbul, we have been very busy for the past two days. The hotel is really nice and it is located in a safe neighborhood (I swear I’m not lying about that). The view of the city as our plane was landing was unbelievably beautiful, but I could not get a picture from my seat. Istanbul is a modern city of 15 million people, but the modern and the ancient mix together in a very interesting way. Over the next few blog posts I will tell you about the city during ancient times, the middle ages, and more recent history.


Istanbul has had many nicknames over the centuries, but I think “The Queen of Cities” is my favorite. It got that nickname in the middle ages during the Ottoman Empire. On Sunday we had a 10 hour tour of the old city, walking around was truly amazing! I got the same feeling that I did when I was in The Forum in Rome, and when I first stepped onto Antarctica. I will explain more in future posts.

Also, the food is some of the best that I have ever eaten! I am in love with Turkish coffee.

KabobTurkish Coffee

A first for me on this trip was visiting a mosque. Here is a picture of me and my colleagues with our heads covered so we could enter the Blue Mosque. Turkey is the only secular majority-Muslim country in the world.

Mosque Visit

One thing I forgot to mention in my previous post…Since I am one of the most highly vaccinated people I know, I was surprised to learn that I was due for a typhoid vaccine for this trip. This one is available in pill form, so it was nice to not have to get a shot.


When we travel internationally for work we get lots of drugs to take with us in case we get sick. Those of you who know about my recent ear piercing experiment will be happy to know that I have some antibiotics with me.

More to come over the next few days when I can find some time to write!



Sueta Dinner


May 20, 2014
The coffee looks like hot chocolate, send some home so we can sample it.
May 20, 2014
Is that typhoid vaccine tablet sitting on a fridge?
May 21, 2014
bring me home some of that turkish coffee. And I'm glad you have antibiotics :)
May 21, 2014
@Adam - nope, on my desk
@Grandma and Belinda - Turkish coffee grinder has been purchased, we're all set!
May 30, 2014
So proud of you and your hijab! Can't wait to hear about the trip in person. :)
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