Very near to the big cathedral of Cologne there is the Disch-Haus, an architectural masterpiece which people pass daily. With its smooth simplicity it blends perfectly in with the surrounding buildings and you may not even realize that it doesn’t stem from the 50s like Continue reading
The tones of gray, pale turquoise and pink will prevail.
No wonder Monsieur Dior said that. When pettiness and egocentricity of everyday people overwhelm you, just clad yourself in pink. A pale, almost grayish pink is my zen. It exudes so much calmness.
‘Drei Giganten umfassen die Welt’
Three giants of all life ages carrying the world designed 1895 in the then requested style of Historicism by Prussian sculptor Ernst Wenck who later went on to become a member of the Berlin Secession.
On the sides flanked by allegories of transportation and science having each their companion pointing to the emblem in the middle depicting the imperial eagle, making clear who enables them to strive. Originally the Continue reading
This is my friend Agathe’s hand sporting incredible rings in silver just in time for Silver Sunday!
We finally met last week at a fair fashion event where she talked about the lingerie brand Opaak which she founded. I know you already keep wondering, the beautiful brassière in these pictures is from Opaak.
All in all 4 minimalist rings but two a little more chunkier. On the left hand’s middle finger she has a thicker wire twisted around with a sphere attached, elegantly covering the ends. On the ring finger is Agathe’s engagement ring to be found, costum made by Continue reading
Who said that lip gloss on your eyelids is only for editorial photo shoots? Well, they’re totally Continue reading
This perfect fitting high-waisted skirt was just too beautiful to pass. Actually I Continue reading
I just had enjoyed a miserable coffee and not the most beautiful chocolate cake on the terrace of Cologne’s museum of far Eastern art amidst its ever incredible mid century architecture that I glimpsed a Continue reading
P Pendant By Boe
I bought this pendant a really long time ago and only started wearing it recently. Continue reading
I am not a finisher. Even sample size products like the two on the left of this picture I have a hard time using them up. That’s why all my storage space is overflowing with beauty and cosmetics which has never stopped me from buying or accepting even more.
So I was very pleasantly surprised when I actually used up three at once. Here is what I think of them in short: Continue reading
As of right now is there any combination of jewelry more hot than rose gold paired with the beauty of rose quartz gems?
Infatuation with pale pink reached its peak 2016 when rose quartz became color of the year. But lately Continue reading
Whole Istanbul is covered with beautiful sites to explore but Sultanahmet is where you’ll be rightly headed as a first time visitor. Gorge yourself on the grand architecture of Byzantium and the Ottomans.
Below are my top choices so you won’t only go to the Hagia Sophia and then end up lost at the Grand Bazaar. I kept it tight and manageable for a 2 day visit and there are links throughout the text to each monument’s Wikipedia page so you can find everything easily and get more information if you want to.
On my last post I made a quick list of personal recommendations for Istanbul and how to get along there. As I promised to go deeper, now have fun reading part 1 and tune in next week for my top sight-seeing choices.
Our view on the first day’s morning. In September it can be very cloudy in Istanbul.
First lets talk about accommodation. Coming back to a place nice and cozy after a day of exhausting sight-seeing is very important for me. Else I feel soooo drenched after the trip back at home.
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For one of my friends I assembled a quick list of spots that I like in Istanbul. It is of course not comprehensive but stay tuned for more posts with a little deeper background information.
Some sites will not be an option if it’s cold or rainy. So better go in the warm months.
The city has two big airports. One in the west and one in the east. Both are convenient. Of course from Atatürk Airport on the European side you will get into the city in a very much shorter amount of time than from Sabiha Gökcen what usually lasts an hour but can take forever if there’s traffic. Now the best way to do so is with the shuttle bus Havataș called after the operating company. The busses wait right in front of the airport exits and are timed well. Board the busses head to Taksim square from where you will get easily to anywhere else. Don’t waste on taxi or private transfer unless you arrive on the hours at night where there’s no bus ( around 1 to 4 am).
Obtain yourself an Istanbul Kart right on your first day. Look out for the sign. The card itself costs a few TL, can be recharged at every station and you need only one card even if you’re more people. It’s not only valid for subway or busses but also any other public transport like the ferries.
Where to stay
This is where we stayed last time. Right next to the building you’ll find a really amazing bakery with wonderful smelling bread, a butcher and a Turkish super where you can get good produce. The feel of the quarter is that of an old movie. If you choose another place but in the same area just be careful not to book anything too close to Taksim square and read reviews beforehand. A review by me of the specific flat we rented is also found under the link above. I loved the big, airy rooms and its historic flair. The all white interior spoke very much to me. On the site its stated that it’s a place for 4 but you can easily fit up to six in.
Top choices for sightseeing: Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome (don’t miss out strolling around the back alleys. Here from the Mehmed Pasha mosque through beautiful crumbling wood houses you can reach the leather vendors quarter), Cemberlitas and the Grand Bazaar. Honorary mention: drink a tea under the arches of the old aqueduct like a local.
Food: Balik Ekmek at the waterside of Eminönu (the term means fish ‘n bread though the days of locally sourced fish at this spot are long gone).
Sightseeing: Galata Tower
Shopping: Hammam towels and scarfs at Yakto Ipek
Shopping: all major high street brands
Food and refreshment: Shake Shack (fast food); The House Café; Kumpir; tea at Hazzo Pulo Pasaji.
Art: Misir Apartment
Drinks and Cocktails: 360° on the rooftop of Misir Apartment; Orient Bar Pera Palas, Lucca Style.
Sightseeing: Various embassy gates, Galatasaray, Church of St. Anthony
Cihangir + Cukurcuma
Art: Museum of Innocence
Shopping: lots of antique shops, second hand and Indie brands for clothing and interior
Coffee: Brew Lab, Müz, Meinl
Breakfast: Van Kahvaltasi (order Menemen with Sucuk, ask the waiter to let it cook through if you get easily ill on vacations though)
Lunch: Cukurcuma 99
Dinner & Drinks: Mellow; Cezahir
Wine: Solera Winery
Breakfast, lunch, dinner & coffee: Everything on Kılıç Ali Paşa Mescidi Sokak street (Baltazar for yummy and reasonable priced steaks); watch out for the Souq Karaköy food markets and bazars.
Dinner: Karaköy Lokantasi
Art + Sightseeing: Istanbul Modern; look out for the ottoman watchtower in the museum’s entry area
Nisantasi + Bebek
Shopping: Midnight Express Istanbul Concept Store in Bebek
Sightseeing: Rumeli Hisari
Coffee: Petra Topagaci (Nisantasi); Sold Abbasaga in Besiktas
Lunch: Soup and noodle dishes at Kaptasoupasta
Cocktails + Food: Moro Nisantasi
Party: Club Reyna (very posh though)
Sightseeing: Ortaköy mosque.
Popular place to hang around in the evening. Eat Kumpir and waffles there. Shop a little silver jewelry which is made in the workshops there.
Take a ferry to get there, for example from Eminönu.
Sightseeing: Haydarpasha Terminal
Coffee: Walter’s Coffee Roastery (very experimental and a must if you’re a fan of Breaking Bad)
Hangout: Moda Park
Food: Ziya Sofrasi
Also to be reached with the ferries. Take a nice old one where they serve tea and have wooden benches from Kabatas. Plan at least half a day to a day if you choose the most visit worthy island Büyükada and prepare for the stench of horse excrements.
Avoid the carriages and take the path to right. You will have a hike almost for your own with less smell but many cats accompanying. In the forest at the middle there is an awesomely spooky ruin of an Greek orphanage and at the end of the path the church of Aya Yorgi awaits you on top of a hill.
Food: Eat fresh fish and seafood at one of the seashore restaurants. They’re a little cheaper further away from the ferry landing.
Karl Schenker was a very much acclaimed master of photography and illustration especially during 20s Germany who later lost his impact and died 1954 in London without much notice from society.
I often wonder how it must be to rise that high and then vanish into oblivion. We see this all the time with film stars for example. But in Karl Schenker’s case it touches me even more. We see a man with true skills, magician like, he achieves unimaginable artistry and because of changing tastes and technology demand for him declines up into nothing.
At the beginning Karl Schenker had a Studio in Berlin where everybody from high society be it aristocrats or politicians came to get their portraits taken. He did everything himself and where he shined most was the post-editing process where Karl Schenker proved to be a master of retouching. The studio portraits were taken in the gloomy style of the decade but with his hands and a brush he managed to add feathery and glowing highlights. The subjects were manipulated to look better and in the end they appeared with slimmer noses and shined with soft radiance wearing pelts and feather boas from the picture. Continue reading