December 6th and 7th: We spent our time walking around Bodrum and learned that many shops and restaurants are closed for the winter season. It was sunny but crazy windy.
December 8th to 10th: We bused up to İzmir. It is a bigger city than Bodrum so everything was open and bustling. It was terrible weather though – lots of rain and wind. We did our best to explore but we also stayed inside for the worst of it 🙂
December 11th to 18th:We flew from İzmir to Istanbul and stayed in a great Air BnB near Taksim Square. There were less cats than other cities in Turkey, but still a very healthy (and portly) population. We really enjoyed walking around Istanbul. There are interesting streets and alleys everywhere!
We met up with a Couch Surfer named Beste, who wanted to show tourists her favorite parts of Istanbul. She was amazing! So friendly and fun and happy! She rounded up a total of 7 Couch Surfers and took us to some nice areas, beautiful views, and to a delicious kebab restaurant. What a gal!
FYI:Couch Surfing is that website connecting travelers with free couches to sleep on. It’s changed over the years and is now often used as a meet-up app.
We spent the rest of our days seeing sights and eating food.
We loved Istanbul! There are so many different areas to explore; we only scratched the surface. We hope to come back.