by Joan Valentine

First stop Istanbul! Beautiful city, fascinating people…..
During a visit to Topaki Palace, I was worried that I might be confused for one of Sultan’s harem?
Today’s Gold Medal event: The dueling desserts ….Turkish Delight vs. 25 different kinds of Baklava! How many ways can they be prepared? In Turkey, your imagination has no limits here when it comes to sweets. Our guide Fatosh says that Turks are not very competitive in the sporting world, however, my money is on the brother and sister team from my favorite venue in the spice market. Stall # 51 Their chocolate rice-crispy inspired Turkish Delight is to die for.
Note: Turkey has 6 athletes competing in Sochi.  Two Alpine Skiers, two Nordic Skiers and a couple of Ice Dancers!