"Why take your kids? They'll never remember the trip..." I have heard this countless times over the years from customers and acquaintances.
I will remember - that is my answer.
So far I have 6 1/2 years of memories of traveling with Oliver that I wouldn't trade for any uninterrupted "adults only" vacation I know of. And he gets to look back over photos like this and really believe he remembers it all too.
Getting a lesson in axe grinding at the depot in central Anatolia where I buy old Mediterranean pots.
Waiting for the taxi in Valencia, Spain.
Our friend Elizabeth's fabulous apartment - we will be getting these light fixtures on the next trip to India this July.
Elizabeth's glorious turquoise pottery collection. How it pops in that charcoal colored room -- ooo!
Ollie and Lale at one of my textile dealer's in Istanbul.
He looks so grown up sometimes -- Istanbul.
Enjoying some ice cream bribery while shopping at the fabulous Tulu in Sultanahmet.
Sick of shopping for textiles, Ol stands in front of a giant split tulu (shaggy woolen rug) that looks like giant's pants from the 1970's. He didn't think my little joke about the pants was funny AT ALL -- can you tell?
Visiting the evil eye shop -- we got to load up on the talismans by the bag-full.
Happy our last day in Istanbul - with his new tiny chess set -- I love this boy.