Although the first day of spring came and passed, we still don't seem to be getting any closer to that elusive season in the East Coast. With snow warnings in effect for this Monday, I decided the best way to cope with this unpleasant weather is to get lost, in my fantasies and make up a imaginary itinerary of a "Perfect Sunday" spent in the city of my choice.
It will come as no surprise for those who know me that the city of my choice is "Istanbul" of course. So, what would I do if was to wake up to a beautiful, sunny Istanbul tomorrow morning...
|Haunted Mansion, Borusan Contemporary|
What could be better than art? Art with a view! This little gem of a museum is actually the headquarters of Borusan holding during the week which is open as a museum for visitors on the weekends. The cafe is on the first floor with a commanding view of the Fatih Sultan Mehmed Bridge and during the guided tour ( which is a must!) visitors get a chance to walk through the executive offices which contain a very fascinating collection of contemporary art by International and Turkish artists.
|The View from the first floor terrace and Cafe|
They always have interesting exhibitions but their main collection is really worth a visit by itself. Some of my favorites were...
Daniel Rozin, Sketch Mirror #10 (link)
|Andrew Rogers, Unfurling, 2007|
|Beat Zoderer, Patch Ball No. 3, 2009|
|Ekrem Yalcindag, Feels Like Home, 2007|
(This is also the tower where the executives can take their coffee break)
|Ormond Gigli, Models in Window, 1960|
There is a fascinating story behind it (link)
|(Photo from Huffington Post)|
Devrim Erbil (link), Nuri Bilge Ceylan (link), Erol Akyavas, Basak Kaptan just to name a few of the Turkish artists...
and maybe my favorite Sabine Pigalle (link), Verify, verify I say unto you, that one of shall betray me, 2006
|Looking towards the Rumeli Fortress from one of the terraces of the museum|
After this amazing museum I would take a walk by the Bosphorus towards the Rumeli Fortress and past it, enjoying the incredible vistas and the mass of humanity, full of interesting characters, that would be out enjoying the best Istanbul has to offer by now.
|The shore road in front of the Rumeli Fortress|
|The Cafe's lining up the road across from the Bosphorus|
|View of Bogazici Bridge (The I. Bridge)|
Then I would go home, tired and happy, holding onto the pleasant lightness of being...
Kale Kafe and Restaurant
Address: Yahya Kemal Caddesi No: 16 34470 Rumelihisar - STANBUL
Tel: 0 212 265 00 97
Address: Baltalimanı Hisar Street, Perili Köşk No:5, 34470 Rumelihisarı, Sariyer, Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: 0 212 393 52 00
House Cafe, Ortakoy
Address: Salhane Sokak No: 1 Ortaköy İstanbul
Tel: 0 212 227 2699 -39