25 June 2012

How to deal with Monday Blues?

Julian Plenti - I'm a Fool To Want You

That is a question I couldn't find the true answer for. Sorry for the frustration. But I've learned that a gigantic cup of tea (or coffee, if that's your thing), some feel-good music and a long Flickr tour helps a lot. I, personally, prefer the photos that make me want to hug my screen and cry as I dream of other places and daydream. It may sound depressing but having my imagination on a leash is not really my thing. It wanders off. That may or may not be the reason why I lack it nowadays; it has wandered off too far and now it's not responding to my calls.

And I'm stuck with an incomplete story and mind full of ideas which can't be turned into decent sentences. Oh well.

Have a happy week! xxx

Unfinished Eye
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20 June 2012

May Rain

Lights

This is what May looked like in my city. Summer came a bit late but I was not complaining since too much sunlight and hot weather haven't got the best effect on me. I was happy with my rain drops until someone upstairs thought I had enough pleasant chilly days and now its 30 C outside. 

I am not amused. 

Wet
Snail
Light
Cheese Plate
Fondue
Fondue
Cansu

Wine, cheese and a fondue to die for accompanied by a good friend make many things better.

12 June 2012

Tuesday's Tops


1) Reading The Sun Also Rises by most wonderful Ernest Hemingway. 2) Watching Roman Holiday again with a pitcher of ice cold sugar free lemonade is my plan for this evening. 3) Just bought this two tone striped Shopper Bag from Mango and I'm loving it. Very useful for people who threw anything they find in their bags. (a.k.a. me) 4) Lusting after these Vicksburg Woven flats from Topshop for the summer.

What have you been up to?

09 June 2012

How can I go to Sultanahmet? / Istanbul not Constantinople (5)

Can Atilla - 1453

'How can I go to Sultanahmet?' is a common joke in Turkey because most of the tourists come up and ask the same question since forever. So if you come to Istanbul and ask a local that question, don't be surprised if they start to laugh. No harmful thoughts, only the humour of the obvious.

Last Istanbul set is for Sultanahmet which is a place I absolutely adore. I admire Ottoman history and even though the guys were a bit creepy (no offense), they have left a remarkable amount of historic places. It's a pity that our people have such slight ideas about how to properly protect a historical artifact.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy these too.

Hagia Sofia
Hagia Sofia (Αγιά Σοφιά)  is not actually a mosque. It was an Orthodox patriarchal basilica from the date of its dedication in 360 until 1453. After the Conquest in 1453, it was turned into a mosque until it was turned into a museum in 1935. You have to see the inside, it's one of my favorite places ever, such an architectural marvel. Lovely place.

Sultanahmet
Sultanahmet
Sultanahmet
Sultanahmet
 The line in front of Hagia Sofia was insanely long so we skipped the inside tour this time and went to Sultanahmet Mosque instead. Such a fantastic building again, it was crowded as well but you don't need a ticket to go inside so we didn't have to wait in the line. It was built from 1609 to 1616 and even though tourists occupy the place, it's still used as a mosque and a place for prayer. I can only imagine the view from its minarets.

Sultanahmet
Sultanahmet Sultanahmet
Sultanahmet
Sultanahmet
Sultanahmet
Sultanahmet
(Photo courtesy: Wikipedia. My own photo was too blurry because there is not enough light in the cistern, oh well.)

The Basilica Cistern is another favorite (and it's always so cool in summer). It was built by Byzantine Emperor Justinian I in 6th century. (It was also used as a location in a James Bond movie 1963, how cool.)

Sultanahmet
Sultanahmet
North Shield
North Shield
North Shield
North Shield
Melis from Confessions of a Coffeholic
Galata
Sultanahmet

Aaand, we're done. I'm proud of myself. Have a nice weekend xx

07 June 2012

Istanbul not Constantinople (4)

Galata


Still continuing with İstanbul photos like I said. Last few weeks have been unreasonably lazy. My room was a mess, my closet was a mess, my desk was a mess, my files were a mess, my make up products were a mess, my jewelry were a mess and my schedule was a mess too. Have you people ever been through a 'mess phase'? Where you can't find the will power to move your butt and take care of the waiting tasks, clean up your life and just do stuff? Well, I guess mine is a summer laziness but it makes no sense because May and June here looks a bit like this:


So, except a few hours of hell-like warmth, we still have the lovely rain on us, which is something I'm NOT complaining about. I can deal with a grey city, just don't bore me with too much sunlight dear Zeus.

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Beyoglu
Beyoglu
Beyoglu
Beyoglu
Beyoglu
Pera
Beyoglu
Taksim
Ortaköy
Ortaköy
Ortaköy
Ortaköy
Confessions of a Coffeeholic
Ortaköy
Ortaköy
”There's life on the streets.”

It's almost Friday and all I want is to finish 6 books and eat my feelings. But I'll finish one book and eat a proper meal instead.

See you xxx