Towards the end of last week we travelled, with our visiting family, to Istanbul for 2 amazing nights. I counted back to my last time in the city and realised it was around 15 years ago that I visited with my art college. I remembered little and so it felt like exploring the city for the first time, for Atsuko of course, it was.
With such a short time and so much to see, we went straight from the flight to the old city, arriving all of a sudden if front of the Blue Mosque. It is such a majestic building in both size and detail, it is only a little older than St Paul’s Cathedral and there are similarities but the complexity of islamic geometry and pattern seems to take its power to impress into a higher level. Also, because you have your shoes off in the mosque and because it is carpeted, the buzz and noise is completely different. The chance to be inside such a space was a very humbling experience which contradicts the way it also overwhelms. Fascinating.