19.06.2016 - 22.06.2016 28 °C
June 19th - moved to Levent Hotel. Levent is the area where we linked with the metro to travel further afield when we lived here. It is also where our favourite shopping malls, Metro City and Later on Kanyon are located so we were interested to see how they looked now. Metro City continues to be a more functional mall with supermarkets and less upmarket shops. Kanyon is more upmarket, an architectural delight with curved floors around a central entry level with water features and restaurants and open to the sky above. This was to be the shopping experience of our trip. Our first excursion was to Maslak, another area we liked to shop but a disappointment here as it no longer is the Maslak we knew having been redeveloped into a hotel and business area, however we did discover a new Mall, Istinye Park, very upmarket with all the big names - Armani, Gucci etc - just for looking! We spent a lot of time browsing the shops in Kanyon and Metro City and made a few purchases limited somewhat by having to now carry them around in our suitcases. A highlight during this part of our stay was a meal with Suzan, Sibel, Nurcan, Ekmel and Janet all former teaching colleagues. Great friends, great memories !