there's a wonderful feeling of bittersweet and nostalgia in istanbul, the turkish have a word for the feeling of melancholia that's a part of the city, must find out what it is.
TULIPS AT TOPKAPI
Every wall surface at the palace is decorated - painted, tiled, inlaid with stone, gold leaf, its a huge series of elegant buildings right on the golden horn, so the terraces look out over the sea in all directions, absolutely beautiful
|ah yes, the old photographing yourself in the mirror trick|
|in the harem, the sultan's private bedchamber, fabulous domed ceiling|
|wonderful coloured glass, not leadlight, but somehow set in |
with wood fretwork, or maybe plaster
back on the bosphorus, lunch at Aphrodite's in Karakoy where the ferries come
and go all day
|patrick on istiklal|
sunny took these zoom shots of one of the monster cruise ships that berth
down on the bosphorus
they're like cities on the water, thousands of people on board
FROM THE BALCONY . . .