• The Call of Istanbul (part 1)

    The Call of Istanbul (part 1)

    It was a bright and beautiful Wednesday in August 2001, the afternoon our first day in Istanbul We emerged from the cool comfort of the gleaming and glamorous Divan Hotel into a high-end neighborhood of late 20th century buildings and crossed a wide boulevard teeming with traffic. On the opposite side, in a municipal park the […]

  • The Call of Istanbul (part 2)

    The Call of Istanbul (part 2)

    continued… see part 1 The next morning, prompted by memories of the movie where Melina Mercouri plans and nearly succeeds in a fantastic jewel heist, we returned to Sultanahmet to see the actual dagger and jeweled treasures of Topkapi Palace — only to discover the Treasury Room was among those sections closed for renovations. But […]