Wednesday, March 18, 2009


In the happy absence of rain, I decided to play tourist today at the fabulous Dolmabahçe Palace. The newness of a place can fade when you've lived in it for a while, but I've never had a problem with this. I still visited Golden Gate Park with wonder, even though I had lived in San Francisco for four years. Sure, it wasn't the wide-eyed wonder of visiting the Tea Gardens or the Conservatory for the very first time, but I still got excited every time I saw that white dome rise over the treetops.

I have been to Dolmabahçe many times in my life since I was seven, but I still feel like I see it for the first time each visit. I love being a tourist. I love that feeling of discovery— and taking loads of pictures— I ended up with 144! Ah, the joys of digital. I couldn't get through all of them tonight, so here is a little preview of what's to come:


Anonymous said...

Oh those patterns are amazing, beautiful photos! I love the deer and the inlaid star floor.

EQart said...

oh!! you made my day, I was talking with my husband about visiting every single corner of Istanbul when I go back. Especially 'Dolmabahce' which I haven't visited for ten years. thanks for sharing this beautiful pictures.

szaza said...

Thanks poppygallico— aren't the patterns incredible? The whole place is just covered in a mix of very ornate almost Rococo designs and some Islamic geometric patterns.

You are most welcome EQart! I'm posting more photos today :)

Emma said...

I really love all these patterns. I took lots of photos of patterns and textures when I went to China, and it is interesting to see those from another part of the world.