Archive for February 2012
The Pera Museum has an exhibition on titled Sultans, Merchants, Painters: The Early Years of Turkish-Dutch Relations. The absolute best thing about the exhibition was the colour of the walls. So yellow!!
The streets of Istanbul are close to being murderous when it snows. They are often treacherous in normal circumstances, with sudden twists, almost ninety-degree slopes and uneven pavements but an added layer of ice makes them a dangerous accident waiting to happen. The uneven pavements get carefully hidden and those near perpendicular streets become slides of ice, with one wrong step threatening to deposit you at the bottom of the road.
A dusting of snow almost seems to slow the city down a notch, suddenly everyone negotiating the streets with baby steps. Today a swarm of municipal workers in neon orange appeared to clear the streets. The streets are now dotted at regular intervals with mounds of snow and ice. On those crazy sloping streets, these heaps seem to turn into mini glaciers, the source of narrow rivulets that flow downhill and clean the streets as they flow.