Thursday, January 13, 2011

Walking Around Beyoglu

Every couple of weeks, I visit the Beyoglu section of Istanbul, as there are lots of galleries and museums with new and changing exhibits. After ferrying to Kabatas, I jump on the funiculer to Taksim. On the left of the picture is one of the fused glass murals made by Ebru Susamiciolu at the Glass Furnace.A new cinema and theater museum opened, founded by the Turkish film director Turker Iananoglu, and complete with red carpets at the entrance doors. The museum was moved from its original location in Kavacik and contains more than 1000 devices, 4200 copies of Turkish films, 6000 Turkish film posters, 10,000 theater and cinema lobby photographs, ... documenting the early film, theater and TV industries in Istanbul. No picture taking is allowed inside, but some of the ground floor exhibition area can be seen from the large front picture windows. Movie posters are hung on the walls as well as placed on a dropped wire ceiling.
From Beyoglu, there is a good view across the Golden Horn of the Eminonu and Fatih sections of Istanbul, where there was evidently a fire.

Next stop, was a visit to the Grand Hotel de Londres, built in 1892 and used to house visitors arriving on the Orient Express, who did not stay at the Pera Palace Hotel down the street. The hotel has lots of its old charm, and was mentioned in a book I read, titled "Life with a View" by Toni Sepeda. Toni Sepeda stays at this hotel while passing through Istanbul on the way to her dream spot on the Black Sea, where, over ten years, she has a house built.

The inside lounge area is filled with period pieces, talking birds and lots of atmosphere for a cup of coffee.

Walking back up Istiklal street, the number "20" is being filmed, ...

A photography exhibit titled, "City of Silhouettes" by A. Halim Kulaksiz, is on display at the historic water depot, which provides a good space for his very large panoramic shots of Istanbul.

Our apartment building was recognizable in a photo of the Asian side of Istanbul.

After an enjoyable visit to Beyoglu, I returned to the Asia side of Istanbul by ferry as the sun was going down.

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