Bronte & Frank will live in Istanbul for three months, while their dad works on a movie called The International.
On the way to their new home at the Grand Hyatt near Taxim Square, they take in a most spectacular skyline. Mosques, with their pointy spires poke up at every twisty turn around this undulating city. The Bosphorous Straight shimmers like liquid crystal between Asia and Europe. The scent of meat slowly gyrating on a spit, mixed with exotic spices, wafts on steaming air streaming through the taxi's open windows. It's an exhilarating ride, high speed, sans seat belts.
It's so vibrant and colorful, with fascinating ancient history, yet there seems such a youthful and tolerant clash of cultures. Bronte and Frank are in love with this place already!
Bronte & Frank took a trip to Central Turkey where they had a most incredible adventure.
After arriving into Goreme late at night, Bronte & Frank set the alarm for 4 o'clock the next morning, when they needed to be up for sunrise hot air ballooning over volcanic 'fairy chimney' rock formations.
32 cave dwellings in this utterly unique property provide a fantastic view point, towering over the village below. An especially relaxed breakfast is provided with locally grown produce, including marinated olives, spiced apricots, fresh apples, sheep and goat cheeses - just scrumptious. Bronte & Frank had fun pouring homemade red wine from a secret old tap embedded in a rocky archway by the 'inside-outside' pool (although Bronte couldn't convince Frank to swim with her through the mote-like water feature). Bronte & Frank met families from all over the world during their 3 night stay.
Bronte & Frank spent two full days exploring underground cities where thousands of communities lived safely hidden from their enemies of the time. These interconnected cities provided stables for animals such as sheep and goats, dwellings for families (one room would take around 12 months to hand carve) with hanging cradles for infants, there were also rudimentary kitchens, churches and even a grape crushing area for making wine.
The Goreme Outdoor Open Museum, which is one of the most visited historic sites in Cappadocia, features more than 30 churches carved from the soft pink volcanic rock. Many of these chapels display stunning frescoes from around the 10th Century on their walls.