I am travelling for a couple days for work. I usually get a hotel with a gym, but not all European hotels are equipped, which was my case… so I brought my sneakers and decided to lace up at the end of the afternoon.
I am in Istanbul, Turkey which is on both sides of the Bosphorus river (isn’t this NASA photo AMAZING ?!) I am staying on the Asian (right) side of the city, that is on the Marmara Sea across from the islands in the lower right.
I had come to Istanbul for the first time about 18 months ago and was fascinated. The little I visited was on the left, or the “European side” of the river. So I was thrilled to discover a new area which used to be beach resorts. Not sure when the resorts disappeared, but the land along the sea has been transformed into bike / running paths and a giant water front park.
So I headed out for an hour, there were miles of paths up and down the coast with beautiful views of the islands. There were also sevearal marinas and beaches along the way (not sure I would swim in the water).
Other running discoveries : Fitness equipment ! There were machines like this placed in several spots along the route :
I ended up being out for an hour, probably “ran” 6 km and walked the rest of the time, enjoying the scenery and people watching.
I much needed this run after tasting the local specialties at lunch (lamb with pistachios) but I didn’t dare try the Turkish coffee, I stuck with regular espresso. I regretted it though, so tomorrow will be about finding Turkish coffee.
Have you ever been to Istanbul ? Did you like it ?
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