View of the Yemi Mosque from our hotel rooftop in Istanbul

View of the Yemi Mosque from our hotel rooftop in Istanbul

10 DAYS in TURKEY - Part I

First stop: Cappadocia

We stayed at Esbelli Evi, a lovely boutique hotel built into the caves in the town of Urgup. Offering spectacular views over the Cappadocian landscape, a sumptuous breakfast, and excellent service, there was nothing to fault. However, given we arrived at the height of the summer I did wish the hotel had a swimming pool.

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Urgup is a 10-15 minute taxi ride to the main tourist town of Goreme so perfect if if you’re looking for some peace and quiet. If you want to be in and around the action, Goreme is the best choice, and the Kelebek Cave hotel there looked like an excellent bet. Either way, Goreme is definitely worth a visit - the food at the local eateries was surprisingly good (My House café for example) and walking around the old town was great. Shopping was limited to one shop -Tribal Collections. The owner, xxxxxx gave us an excellent 45 minute “mini course” on carpets and the selection there is was so good we bought two!

Activity wise I would recommend hiking (3 hours was all I could manage in the August heat) around the national park  you will definitely need a guide. This is a great way to appreciate the caves and chimneys Cappadocia is famous for, but if you’re not feeling take a hot air balloon ride instead. There are hundreds of balloon operators but its worth paying extra for an established company and experienced pilot as you’ll get the best views that way and not be amidst a hundred balloons. Choose the sunrise flight if possible. We flew with and the pilot was excellent - book him ahead of time.

Taking some advice from one of the most experienced craftsmen we know #makers

Taking some advice from one of the most experienced craftsmen we know #makers

Sometimes it gets a bit chaotic #makers

Sometimes it gets a bit chaotic #makers

A glimpse of sunshine so not much work happening today! #makers

A glimpse of sunshine so not much work happening today! #makers

Small shiny objects #makers

Small shiny objects #makers

Kennedy with his son Clinton, outside the workshop in Kibera where he makes beads from discarded cow bone and trains others in this craft.

Kennedy with his son Clinton, outside the workshop in Kibera where he makes beads from discarded cow bone and trains others in this craft.

First sample! We made this for those everyday essentials, still some more prototyping to go before nailing it

First sample! We made this for those everyday essentials, still some more prototyping to go before nailing it

Our armcandy feeling right at home at Bits and Bobs - a lovely, heart-warming shop in Zürich’s Kreis 3 

Our armcandy feeling right at home at Bits and Bobs - a lovely, heart-warming shop in Zürich’s Kreis 3 

One week pop-up on Bahnhofstrasse, Zürich…excited to be part of the Big Bazar

One week pop-up on Bahnhofstrasse, Zürich…excited to be part of the Big Bazar

Wealth in simplicity

Wealth in simplicity

Circles and stripes, today’s inspiration

Circles and stripes, today’s inspiration

We love how online concept store Mooris style and shoot our pieces, check out their daily design picks at http://www.mooris.ch/

We love how online concept store Mooris style and shoot our pieces, check out their daily design picks at http://www.mooris.ch/