Sunday, September 18, 2011
What have Agatha Christie, Ernest Hemingway and Ataturk all got in common? Well, they all used to stay at the Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul. I hadr dinner last night hoping that some of the DNA they left behind might somehow get into the food. For the price they charged for a glass of merlot I reckon I deserved just a tad.
I first visited Istanbul back eight years ago and I've no doubt Turkey is a country on the rise. With more than 50% of the population under 29 years of age Turkey has youth and its also got vitality. You can see the confidence in people's faces and the way they dress and walk. I'm not surprised Turkey was voted European Capital of Culture in 2010.