Paris was cold, cold, cold. Temperatures were well below average for May; it was coat and scarf weather; almost glove weather.
After 6 days in wintry France we weren't so keen on more cold in Copenhagen. So we jumped on a plane in another direction and arrived in Istanbul, where we caught up with 4 friends whose holiday coincided with ours.
We spent 2 days touring the sites and eating incredibly well.
The decorative detail in St Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace were just lovely. Everywhere I looked there were wonderful colour combinations, floral details and pretty shapes. Plenty of quilt design inspiration there.
Will has been to Istanbul a number of times for work and has always suggested I would really love it. Again, he was right - he knows what I like.
A boat ride acrossthe Bosphorus took us from lunch to our hotel one afternoon. It was a great way to see the city and admire all the varied architecture. I loved all the mosques - so pretty with their minarets reaching to the sky. The call to prayer was so enchanting.
We had an exceptional dinner at 360 on our first night. On our last night we went to Sunset- a phenomenal spot overlooking the city and the Bosphorus - it was quite an incredible evening and a wonderful way to finish our holiday.
(Better photos from here.)