Pierre Loti is the pseudonym for the French Naval Officer and author, Julien Viaud (his most famous work was "Aziyade", supposedly written about an Ottoman woman he loved). During the course of his career Loti (Viaud) visited Istanbul frequently and became an avid supporter of the Ottoman's war for Independence. To thank Loti (whose name actually came from an exotic plant that grows in exotic places), Sultan Mehmet Resat received him in an official ceremony and the Turkish Parliment sent him an official thank-you letter. The hill overlooking the Eyop Mosque and the Golden Horn was named after Loti, also in thanks to his support. Approximately five miles north of the Spice Bizarre, the Loti hill offers an exquisite view of parts of Istanbul and the Golden Horn.
Carl and Lorraine Aveni are two retirees planning on traveling through Europe for at least one year.