Time, sadly, for the short BP holiday to come to an end. Ed has to be in court the next day, while Jude will be juggling work with continuing half term (Michaela, the nanny, is also on holiday).
It’s been a great trip. A lot has been packed into three and a half days. We the adults have loved all that Istanbul has to offer, and the children have had a good time, enjoying cafe stops and above all the boat trip. They are too young to appreciate the mosques and palaces but are incredibly well behaved while we go round them. A lot of the time they were wrapped up in their own imaginary world, in which elements of what they were seeing were bound into the storyline. They didn’t seem to mind people reaching out to stroke their blond(ish) hair and Maddie certainly enjoyed being made a fuss over in the various Turkish Delight stalls.
We found the general atmosphere wandering round Istanbul very welcoming and with one or two exceptions remarkably free of persistent would-be sellers. And like in Italy, having two young children in tow is a definite asset.
So, the BPs headed off for the airport. But I stayed, for a couple of days further sightseeing.