Day 1. Istanbul! A little photo report:
"First thing that strikes about Istanbul is it’s neatness. Think Frankfurt. Hell, think Munich! Second thought: these people are obsessed with their plants! From construction sites around the airport to squares of Sultanahmet – everything is surrounded by most elaborate flower beds and the grass is bright green everywhere! It’s October for Pete’s sake! Didn’t they just have five hundred days of summer? What kept it from turning the same lovely shade of poo-poo brown as Kiev chestnuts?"