There is perhaps nothing so sublime as a glass of wine at sunset by the water in the company of a dear friend. Would you disagree? We enter the garden at the luxurious THEHOUSE CAFÉ in Ortaköy and sit at the water’s edge. My former desire for Turkish coffee fades to that for a glass of rosé. Ferry boats, tankers, and sailboats drift across lazily as we sip notes of young fruit and fresh summer. Time seems to stop but the sky creeps through washes of blurred pastel. Eventually the sky blushes down to a soft pink and across the Bosphorous, the minarets dotting the horizon pierce up into the fading glow replaced by villa lights flickering on to glimmer down towards us.