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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Interlude in Istanbul







Greetings from Istanbul, on my way to visit the 9500 year old Neolithic (early farming) site of Çatalhöyük, which was the subject of my book "The Goddess and the Bull" (note among these photos a shop window in an Istanbul book store featuring it; four years after publication of the hardback edition it is still going strong in Turkey if not other places.)

This is my 11th trip to Turkey since the early 1990s, but my first since 2005. I had forgotten just a little what a fabulous, exciting and colorful city Istanbul is--if you have not been here, make plans now. Turkey really should be in the European Union, all they need to do is stop pulling the finger nails out of Kurdish separatists and make the taxi drivers install working seat belts in the back seats.

More soon...

2 comments:

Anne Gilbert said...

Istancbul looks like a really lovely place. I'll have to take your advice before I die. . . .

Richard said...

Michael; you may write well, but you ain't a photographer.

Next time, cross the road to take a photo of Hagia Sophia without the fence and Japanese car.

That place embodies at least 1500 years of European/Asian history, and it's right before your eyes.