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Reading about Istanbul

Reading about Istanbul, 1

 

Well, last time I was in Istanbul in November 2011 during Kurban Bayrami. If I hadn´t known in advance that my visit coincide this holiday, it would have remained unnoticed for me. Kurban Bayrami wasn´t visible in the central Istanbul. On the other hand Turkish TV programs were constantly reporting how this major Islamic holiday is celebrated all over the country. Visiting Istanbul was really nice, as usual.

I met some friends, strolled along the streets, visited mosques, wonderful exhibitions, had some genuinely good food. Pure delight.

 

Just a remark – during that visit I also made a short trip to Canakkale. No, I haven´t seen Istanbul enough, but Istanbul isn´t Turkey and vice versa. Some adventure would not harm, so I thought.

Returning to a familiar place is always a secure choice. Doesn´t require too much effort, you know. Istanbul has become somewhat familiar to me, I guess. Canakkale was worth an effort. But I´ll stick to Istanbul now and report of other places in coming posts.

Istanbul and Golden Horn, photo by Eleka Rugam-Rebane

Istanbul and Golden Horn, photo by Eleka Rugam-Rebane

 

While I am not in Istanbul I truly miss this place. Gercekten. And what´s the best remedy for that?

I try to go back there in my mind. Reconstruct places through texts, photos, daydreaming… Sounds like a severe disease, really J There are some web sources I visit quite regularly in order to update my knowledge about what´s going on in this city/country.

 

Ortakoy Camii, Ortakoy Mosque, Istanbul, photo by Eleka Rugam-Rebane

Ortakoy Camii, Ortakoy Mosque, Istanbul, photo by Eleka Rugam-Rebane

Some nice reading


Sure, there are presumably thousands of blogs praising Istanbul. One of my recent favorites is Turkey´s for lifewww.turkeysforlife.com which is run by a British couple living in Fethiye. Therefore, this blog is mostly concentrating on Fethiye and its surroundings. But they also pay a lot of attention to Istanbul. Blog is written in a humorous and lively style. I recommend. Good links to other sources. Continue reading

Ciragan Palace

Çırağan Sarayı, Ciragan Palace, Ortaköy-Istanbul, pentax k10d , by ozgur ozkok

Çırağan Sarayı, Ciragan Palace, Ortaköy-Istanbul, pentax k10d , by ozgur ozkok

The palace, built by Sultan Abdülâziz, was designed by the famous palace architect Nigoğayos Balyan and constructed by his sons Sarkis and Hagop Balyan between 1863 and 1867. This was a period in which all Ottoman sultans used to build their own palaces rather than using those of their ancestors. Çırağan Palace is the last example of this period. The inner walls and the roof were made of wood, the outer walls of colorful marble. The palace is connected with a beautiful marble bridge to the Yıldız Palace on the hill behind. A very high garden wall protects the palace from the outer world.
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sunny window

Ortaköy, Istanbul, pentax k10d

Ortaköy, Istanbul, pentax k10d

We are cats of street ( Ortakoy square)

Ortakoy square, Ortaköy meydanı, İstanbul, pentax k10d

Ortakoy square, Ortaköy meydanı, İstanbul, pentax k10d

iKEDİ ” KEDİ means CAT ” is a street performance in Ortakoy Square. Everybody is doing paper toys, dancing and playing local songs.

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Ortaköy Camii, İstanbul

Ortaköy Camii, Ortakoy Mosque, Istanbul, pentax k10d

Ortaköy Camii, Ortakoy Mosque, Istanbul, pentax k10d

Boğaziçi köprüsü

Bosphorus bridge, Boğaziçi köprüsü, Ortaköy, İstanbul, pentax k10d

Bosphorus bridge, Boğaziçi köprüsü, Ortaköy, İstanbul, pentax k10d

gözleme in Ortakoy


ortakoy, istanbul

She ‘s using some modern recipes like nutella, chokella with traditional “gozleme”. I prefer classical gozleme, with cheese.

Gozleme is a kind of pancake.