Next up on our tour was lunch! We hit up Onur Restaurant in the Historic district of Istanbul with our group.
We got a bunch of different salads and sides for the table. I don’t remember what everything was called, but this is what it looked like:
And just in case you were wondering, a toothpick in Turkey is still called “toothpick”
I went with our guide’s suggestion – the cheesy chicken meatballs – it came out a little different than expected, but it was very tasty.
Apparently a flat meat patty is referred to as a meat ball in Turkey. This is not the first or the last time we saw this!
We had rice pudding for dessert which was SO Amazing!
After lunch we went across the way for a Turkish Rug demonstration to Punto
The Turkish people are very proud of their history with making rugs. We were told that it is tradition for Turkish girls to make a rug before they are able to get married.
The Turkish government believes the rug-making tradition to be very important and they send the supplies to the young girls to make their first rug.
In a Turkish Rug demonstration, we were told all about the importance of the rugs to the culture and shown a variety of styles of Turkish rugs.
All the colors and designs were very different.
After seeing a dozen or so rugs we got to see one being made.
So much detail goes into this bad boy – and so much time!
The women making the rugs follow a pattern.
Another cool thing about the rug demonstration was that we got free drinks while we watched! I got an apple tea.
Which is Raki and water.
Apparently, if you drink this, it brings out your inner Lion – Rawr!
After the rug demonstration, it was time to hit up the Grand Bazaar – which is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world!
Is it bad to be most excited for the shopping portion of the tour? Because I was!
The Grand Bazaar takes over 58 covered streets and is home to over 4,000 shops which attract between 250,000 and half a million visitors daily.
Sounds pretty awesome right? It was really cool to see, but it was a bit touristy – lots of knickknacks – but still a great place to go see and get some souvenirs.
I may have picked up a few necessities, including some adorable flats!
That was the end of our group tour in Istanbul we saw SO MUCH in 5 hours! The rest of the day Charles and I enjoyed the view from our hotel:
Not too shabby, right?
Our second day in Turkey is now complete!