Leanbean in Germany

Military wife trying to figure out this military life

Istanbul – The Grand Bazaar February 27, 2011

Filed under: Europe,Traveling — leanbean @ 9:58 am

The Grand Bazaar was possibly my favorite part of the trip.  Most of the shops were selling rugs, leather goods, pottery, jewelry and turkish towels/bathroom stuff.  We made our way to the Grand Bazaar on Saturday for a couple of hours in the afternoon.  Due to us being there in the off season the shops were working extra hard at selling their goods.  We thought we would come home with a rug but I wasn’t willing to shell out the $450 for a rug I wasn’t sure would last with the beasts.  Plus we didn’t really have a place for a rug at the moment.  What we did come home with were leather goods and some apple tea.

At the entrance with my brand new (fake) Mulberry Alexa bag made out of real leather.  I was only able to find two things inconsistant with the fake to the real Alexa but with a savings of over $1,000 I’ll take it!

The entire bazaar is covered and is more like a mall with shops and restaurants.

Another Bazaar we visited was the Egyptian Bazaar which sold mostly spices.


Istanbul – Blue Mosque and Basilica Cistern

Filed under: Europe,Traveling — leanbean @ 9:42 am

Despite visiting Istanbul in February we were able to enjoy nice weather three of the four days we were there.  We walked around with no set agenda for most of the trip and had a great time.  The Turkish people were very nice but always trying to sell you something, which I found amusing.  I have also never seen so many rug shops in my life.  On our little street by the hotel there were at least five to ten shops selling just rugs.  Unfortunately, we did not come home with one despite one shop owner’s great price of $450 for a vintage kilim – he started out at $1250.  The only souvenirs we came home with were a magnet, two wallets, a purse and two amazing chocolate souffles in my belly.

The Blue Mosque from our hotel rooftop

Inside the Blue Mosque

Basilica Cistern – which was right across the street from the Hagia Sofia.  Had we not been searching for an ATM we probably wouldn’t have seen the door to the entrance.

The upside down Medusa head used from another building



Istanbul – Hagia Sofia

Filed under: Europe,Traveling — leanbean @ 9:21 am

Here you go dad…

Last weekend we took a four day trip to Istanbul.  We flew Turkish Air which was really nice and stayed at Hotel Uyan which is located here at letter “A”:

We could not have picked a better location for a hotel if we tried.  Here is the view from the roof:

Our hotel was right next to Sultanahmet Square which is where the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace and the Basilica Cistern are located.

Hagia Sofia

Inside of the Hagia Sofia


Rhine River Cruise August 10, 2010

Filed under: Germany — leanbean @ 5:54 pm

Before Dad and Dixie arrived I had their entire trip planned out.  We were going to do some USO tours and visit Berlin and Paris.  One of the USO tours I signed us up for was the Rhine river cruise.  After a brutally long day on another USO tour, we woke up early to make it to this tour only to sit and wait two hours for a tour guide who never showed up.  Prior to the trip I was told you could just go and get on a cruise so we decided to do just that.  Lucky for us the weather held up and we were able to enjoy the ride.


West Elm July 28, 2010

Filed under: Decorating — leanbean @ 7:08 am

West Elm has changed their website and with the big change they have new items.  Some of my favorites:

Capiz Lamp – $149

Bengal Tiger Pillow – $34

Niche Media Stand – $499

Nailhead Bend – $349

Kilim Rug – $39 – 699


White Kitchen July 27, 2010

Filed under: Decorating — leanbean @ 6:50 am

Besides an open floor plan at the top of our dream house list, we have a white kitchen as something we would like.  Again, most houses have natural wood kitchens which are great but not exactly what we want.


Open Floor Plan July 26, 2010

Filed under: Decorating — leanbean @ 8:44 am

One of the things we look forward to doing when we get back is buying a home.  We have a list of wants/needs and right at the top of the list is an open floor plan.  Our current house is an open floor plan and it works great for us.  In fact, if we could build a house similar to this one we would be happy campers.  As I stated before, for fun we look at houses for sale in the cities we know are possibilities for us to move to.  While spending hours  searching through the Little Rock MLS for fun we ran across ONE newer house with an open floor plan.  One.   Can’t they just open an Air Force base elsewhere?  I hear Minnesota is lovely.  Pretty please?

Sources: SeanJohn, Amoroso Design, Angie Hranowsky, House Beautiful, Sherrill Canet