Some of you have asked for details about our Paris apartment. We booked it throug Homeaway. Great site. Extremely pleased. Everything was as described. The owner met us at the unit when we arrived and we have his phone number in case we need anything.
After an early flight to Izmir and a short van ride, we arrived in the Greek village of Sirince. This small village, of only about 700 locals, is in sharp contract to the over 16 million of Istanbul. We enjoyed a lovely lunch and sampled local wines. The shopping was very good as well. Many of the homes have been converted into small hotels and B&Bs (think of the movie Mamma Mia without the singing). I especially liked the Gullu Konaklari.
This is our home for the next few days. Lovely place. Often websites images over state the beauty of an establishment. Not in this case. The Bade is a relaxing respite from the crowded streets of the city. While it does not offer the amenities of larger hotels, it is situated in the heart of modern Istanbul with easy access to a variety of food, shops, and transportation.