Armagrandi Spina Istanbul
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... with a double, and I believe all the others are dorm rooms. The buffet breakfast is on the top floor with a view of the Marmara Sea.
Right away we went down to the Arasta Bazaar to see Mustafa at his Troy Rug Shop. His shop is our headquarters and we stop in morning and evening for a visit. We took the tram up to Beyoglu to eat at Zencifil. It's vegetarian with lots of choices and we had veg lasagna, salad, and of course beer. ...
... tame compared to the rug salesmen in the square. If you stopped to look at something they'd ask if they could help you but we never felt hounded. We figured we didn't need to buy anything so we were just really looking. We also realized that we had left our debit cards in the safe in the room and we had very little cash! So, it sort of automatically put the brakes on any purchasing we might do. Sounds like a good plan but of course we found stuff we wanted to buy. A few of the ...
... this, but it was worth it to have these pieces completed. Now, we head off to the Topkapi Palace. By this time, there is a huge line. While trying to decide what to do, I hear a guide offering tickets for the palace, harem and tour for 100TL ($50). This will avoid the line, so we decide to do it. The Palace tour was interesting, especially the harem, but I'm not sure it was worth the price we paid. We would have been better to by the tickets ahead, skip the line and read the ...
... price for carpets, I help you spend your money, you don't need all of your money, I help you, what you looking for, I got best carpets, best scarfs, no one else can match my quality… and so on...
Talking of the Muezzin calls… we had to see inside one of the most beautiful buildings in Istanbul. The Blue Mosque, properly called the Sultan Ahmet Camii Mosque was built just across the square from the Hagia Sofia. Unlike cathedrals, Mosques are ...
... naturalism and constructivism. Then in the 1940s, a group of artists opposed the "mindless importation of western art movements" of the 1930s. In the 1950s, abstract art developed but themes were different from those of continental European art because the Turkish artists used Anatolian cultural motifs and Ottoman calligraphy. The 1960s brought about a social-realist trend (slums, migration, anything gritty and grim). The 1970s was the academization of abstract art. The 1980s saw a ...