and here I should acknowledge the images are courtesy of Keith,
who is a professional photographer and has a really good camera!
you might like to check out his websiteunder Photographic
Pictures, in a day or two when he should have downloaded
his images of Istanbul
Byzantine mosaics were designed to be seen in lamp or candle light, to show off the workmanship to it's best advantage. Flickering light reflected in the pieces of glass and gold. Now we have to rely on natural light and imagine the effect which, must have been fabulous. They are set high up, a neck craning experience.
Home again to rain and cold. Having said that it seems to have been a very sunny weekend in Dorset!
In Istanbul cloudy skies in the morning gave way to sunny afternoons . Outside in the evening eating meze, accompanied by a bread called 'poof', think a very large pitta blown up like a balloon(!) Watching the world go by.
One of my favourite sites is Aya Sofya, once a Byzantine church; ransacked in 1204 during the 4th Crusade; in 1453 Mehmet the Conqueror had the idolatrous images covered over, and 'he said his first prayer there on the following Friday'. But a tiny potted history!
It continued as a mosque until 1932. It is now a museum. From the outside it looks as though dodgy builders have been at work. So many extensions. Inside, under the domed basilica, there are marble and mosaics, paintings and blue tiles from Iznik. It's interesting to see the layers of history, and amazing that they have survived at all.
with one just one click, we are off to Istanbul for a long weekend
I love the excitement of that city, so colourful, fabulous food, amazing architecture and history. A boat trip on the Bosphorous,maybe stopping off on the European and/or the the Asian shore, and it will be warm!
I'm not very good with grey, elephants are the exception
There are block printed fabrics in the Bazaar. Some from a family run business in a small village, and other gathered on travels in Rajasthan. Towards the end of next week the Indigo Store will be added to as well.