Tea in Istanbul like Agatha Christie
My allegiance has changed. Because I love Agatha Christie, luxury and comfort.
The new favorite hotel for a short stay in Istanbul is definitely The Pera Palace Hotel. Built in 1892 to host the passengers traveling on the Orient Express, it is the "oldest European hotel of Turkey".
The hotel also has a museum (as it should) to showcase the history and grandeur of it's heritage and the guests who stayed there like Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Allegedly, Agatha Christie wrote the book Murder on The Orient Express during her stay at the Pera Palace in Istanbul in the 1930s. Greta Garbo, Alfred Hitchcock and King Edward VIII also loved to hang out at this Art Nouveau and Oriental styled hotel.
While our stay was wonderful, I particularly fell in love with the Tea Salon at the hotel. It is probably what Laduree aspires to be. Stunning chandeliers, beautiful drapes and upholstery deck the salon and the delicious tea served in silver. The salon is shades of pink and gold with fresh flowers and wonderful service.
Even if you don't stay at the Pera Palace Hotel, a visit and a cup of tea are an absolute must.
I sip my tea think about the new Murder on the Orient Express by Kenneth Branagh that will be released in November 2017. The cast of the movie and the trailer look fantastic.