Friday, February 23, 2007

We are off to Istanbul

The Blue Mosque, originally uploaded by CharlesFred.

Off to visit "Istanbul, The City and the Sultan", an exhibition in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam. Another nice spring day here, with the daffodils shooting their way up through the earth in front of the house, so we will go off on our bikes, with our hardly-used Museumjaarkaarten.

Having come back we can report that while the exhibition might be good as an Istanbul for beginners type introduction to the city and its previous cultures, it lacked historical depth and really did not expose the very cosmopolitan nature which the city had for many centuries. Reading the first couple of pages about Constantinople in William Dalrymple's book From the Holy Mountain conveyed a much clearer image of this than this exhibition managed.



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