thanks Pink Floyd
29.01.2010 5 °C
In an effort to remedy yesterday’s gluttony, today’s plan was for some real constructive learning. Forget the markets! Forget the sweets! Ignore the baklava! Say no to the nougat!
And say hello to Atatürk!
Destination one in my scholarly itinerary: Topkapi palace. A site with more history than I can sum up here. Although, as this was a day of learning, I should probably say a few things about it... Well, if I had actually entered the palace, I would. However, because this site is actually best viewed on a nice blue-sky type of day, Anouk (my Dutch roommate) and I decided to leave the palace for another day, and walk around the grounds instead.
Flora and fauna have much to teach young foreigners. For instance, notice how trees tend to lean in the same direction when planted in a row, and how continuous rainy temperatures contribute to an increased level of moss along the bark.
Off to a good start, we wandered on towards the Blue Mosque, to continue in our pursuit of higher learning.
Unfortunately, the prayer had just begun, and we were unable to enter. Still, after a walk around the Mosque we found our true calling, and our second destination of the day: the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art. If we couldn’t learn anything here, there was no hope for us. Although small, the museum houses beautiful mosaics and a surprisingly large collection of Turkish carpets, each more beautiful than the last. I got a little crazy with the camera, but here are a few samples...
After a full day of learning in the rain, a reward was necessary, so Anouk and I hopped over to the Grand Bazaar AND the Spice Bazaar (danger!) for some culinary excitement. Though I am happy to report I exercised a surprising amount of self-restraint, and only succumbed to buying a fresh bread role (very similar to a bagel) from a street vendor. Sugar free! Besides the fruit gummies I ate before dinner, I would call this a very successful day indeed.