Recently, as we are already carrying so much gear with us due to the winter temperatures, I was lazy to carry our camera but luckily there is still my old iPhone. The photos are a tad blurry but at least I take them. Here are some from the recent days...
We went to the Dolmabahce Palace. It is a beautiful building with luxurius furnishings, but one of the more exciting parts was the ceiling of the hammam section. Lighting and aeration. Beautiful.
The palace is right in front of the water and has openings in front of its fence for boats, ferries or its other nautical vehicles. These gates look quite amazing, the opening to nowhere, and are guarded. With the sun behind, I was trying to take a photo of the silhoutte of this view and later realized that Lula got in it, as well!
Another day trip was to the Besiktas bazaar area. It is generally a lively area and I found the architecture of the open fish market particularly striking.
I later learnt that it was recently redone by GAD. A sweet, modern project in the heart of oldtown!
I have one more mirror photo! It is at our local Dukkan Burger. Besides their fantastic decor, they are doing a great job with a new concept for Turkey.
Good burger has been hard to find here. A standard cafe serves burgers with a crepe-thin meat patty, sadly sometimes even from a package. Bread is stale. Dukkan burger makes a decent sized patty with nice spicing. I think it would be perfect for me if it had a little less black pepper, but I will take it. There is also a really tasty simple sausage with apple and fennel which is the first non hot dog sausage I had in Turkey. Their meat is delivered daily from their main butcher in Istanbul, Dukkan Kasap. They have dependable, good quality meat with the cuts that were not easily found before. Their restaurant is on my list to try.
A few weeks ago, I had a quick trip to Lisbon with my friend Derya. My first three nights away by myself since Lula was born. I missed my girls terribly, but I also enjoyed having my brain only for myself, non-stop for the whole duration of my holiday very much. I could sit at cafes and sketch with no rush, I could stay up late and sleep in (still just a little bit, we had a lot to do) and I could eat slowly!
Lisbon is a city of hills and fantastic views. However, the three days we were there, the city was under a thick fog and we could not see these views, other than a quick three hour brake. So, I don't have many city shots but some interesting details from the city.
The clown shoes at the circus school Chapito's garden.