Time flies when you are having fun. Just spent a week in Istanbul. It was bitterly cold for the first few days and then warmed up. We did very little tourist stuff as we did much of it last time. We did spend time on the Bosphorus on boats, learning about the geography of the coasts and many of the old royal buildings.
Yes, we did re-do the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Market. The first was a bit of a disappointment, perhaps smarted up substantially since we last went. The Spice Market was still magic – wonderful colours and smells. And the food it great – really fresh fish, lovely fruits and vegetables and delicious pastries. Some came home but didn’t last.
No, stitching has not happened. I have done nothing!! Will get back to it.