Monday, January 21, 2013

Over the weekend, we met up with friends to hang out over Turkish wine.

It's been a long while since we partook in the Şarap Fridays at Sultanahmet's Four Seasons Hotel. This is great deal if you want to try some different Turkish wines in a luxurious setting from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday nights during the winter months.

We almost didn't get a table because we hadn't made reservations in advance, and the hotel was busy. But the kind manager took pity on us after seeing my sad puppy dog face and set up a table for us in the "Blue Room." I give the hotel five gold stars for the excellent customer service they provided us throughout the night!

On our way to the Four Seasons, we walked by the Blue Mosque and were greeted with a colorful surprise! Now, there's a brightly-lit fountain installed in the park between the Ayasofya and the Blue Mosque. Every 30 seconds or so, the fountain lights change from bright blue to green, fushia, orange, yellow and red.
It's a lovely display! This area has been under construction for several months, and it looks like the work right here by the fountain is finally done.

I took a couple photos with my cell phone, but I wish I had our good camera with us. Guess we'll have to RSVP soon for another wine night at the Four Seasons!

For your own fun Turkish wine and cheese night, you must make reservations by calling 0212 402 3156. Cost is 45 TL per person for the wine flight and open cheese buffet. There's a Turkish wine rep on hand to talk about the wines too.
A night-time view of the courtyard garden at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sultanahmet. It's hard to believe this fancy hotel used to be a prison during the Ottoman Empire!

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Julia said...

Turkey seems to be developing a fixation with colourful fountains at the moment. Fethiye's full of them and I believe Marmaris has a newly installed fountain too. Would like to be that changes colour. :)

Joy said...

@Julia, Hmmm...maybe the government got a deal on colorful fountains? ;-) Hopefully, you'll have a chance to see this if you guys visit Istanbul this year.