Among the many reasons we like to stay at the Galata Residence in Istanbul: the private apartments available for short-term stays; Faruk, the most charming and welcoming handyman; the proximity to the streets of Beyoğlu; the short walk to ferries to the Asian side of the city; the quick tram ride to the splendors of the oldest part of the city -- Aya Sofya, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi. AND the fact that we have a small kitchen at our disposal. Not that it takes much equipment for us to make tea or to concoct a simple but magnificent breakfast like this. Yogurt, made by people who know what they’re doing. Almonds secured from spice-and-nut vendors on almost every streetcorner. And whatever fruit happens to be ripe and in season, in this case, these beautiful figs. Who needs more than this?