In a little less than a week we head back to one of my favorite places. Sadly it is also one of those destinations on a lot of 'stay away' lists. Regardless, I am taking all three of my kids, my husband, and my mom - talk about all your eggs in one basket...
We do worry when we travel like this - but yet it does not keep us from going. I am a firm believer that all the world is subject to change, and that our peace and safety is a fragile thing no matter where we tread. While we plan on being low profile in the big city, and remain respectful and as proper as we can be with three young kids in tow, I will not be missing the chance to share this great country with my family this year.
Some of my favorite people in the whole world live there, whom we cannot bear to miss seeing, and of course the sites, sounds and flavors of Turkey are delicious, dazzling and just beyond compare.
There is a link to a great article about whether or not Turkey is the right choice for your travel plans - one with which I heartily agree - at the end of this post.
2011 - the first time we took everyone to Istanbul. The twins will not even remember it, they were such babes back then. The Blue Mosque - Sultan Ahmet Camii - in the background.
Unlike my oldest, below. He has quite a hat collection now (and turquoise shirts apparently...)- I think this trip next week will be his fifth, or sixth? It's hard to remember, but he loves Turkey and is looking forward to taking a new hat home this summer!
These were taken on three separate trips in a favorite textile dealer's shop in Istanbul.
My oldest on two separate trips at the depot in the countryside where I buy all of our antique Anatolian pots. Making friends - while learning how to sharpen an axe, and with the yearly new puppy.
My wee Finnster in 2011 - at our countryside antique dealer's above - and buying rugs in Konya below.
Harps setting out on her own on Kas's cobblestone streets below.
Below - at the wonderful amphitheater in Kas on the Mediterranean coast.
We love Kas, can you see why? Swoon!
Can't wait to plunge back into those turquoise waters. I will post with new tips and travel tales while we are there most of June.
Read the article below (link inset) about some of the reasons why I feel OK (enough) about taking my whole family to Turkey and why we can't let the world's turmoil keep us from the places we love.