A Three Museum Kind of Day

My (nearly) father-in-law is here at the moment and, because he likes dawdling round Istanbul as much as I do, we set off to have a two museum kind of day. He met us from our vapur and we crossed the Bosphorus from Kabataş to Üsküdar. First we made our toddler paced, in and out of interesting looking mosques, way to the Tomb of Aziz (Saint) Mahmud Hüdayı. This is a place of pilgrimage and was full of women murmuring prayers. As I had some thanks that needed whispering it felt like a good place to be. From there we walked at snail's pace past crumbly wooden houses which meant that we noticed the sign to a Kite Museum. Never one to turn down the chance to go to a new museum (I am trying to clock up 50 in a year) we turned right and went in. Mehmet Naci Aköz has been collecting kites from all over the world since 1986 and there is plenty to see. Our next stop (take the 11ü from Üsküdar) was the Istanbul Museum of Graphic Arts. We got there to find the doors locked but when we rang the bell a caretaker, looking like he had been napping for several months since the last visitor, appeared to usher us in and turn on the lights. We all really enjoyed the collection of prints and especially the beautiful display of bookplates (ex libris) on the lowest floor. It was a perfect, slow walking, exploring, three museum kind of day.

The vapur windows.

Anton on the vapur, proud of his art.

The view back towards the Islands.

My tea.

Peering into a mausoleum.

Peering into a mausoleum.

The Tomb of Aziz Mahmud Hüdayı

The Tomb of Aziz Mahmud Hüdayı

Mosque Fountain

Mosque Window

Istanbul Museum of Graphic Arts

Istanbul Museum of Graphic Arts

Istanbul Museum of Graphic Arts

Istanbul Museum of Graphic Arts

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6 thoughts on “A Three Museum Kind of Day

  1. That chandelier is amazing! I think one of my favorite things about your pictures is how unique your point of view always seems to be...just lovely!

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  2. I love your little guy's sweater! Did you make it? That is such a cool museum. I especially like the photo with all the pictures.

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  3. gorgeous photos!! love all the details!

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  4. What a compliment Whitney, Thank you very much. Leann my friend Pinar who runs Anton and Neve's playgroup made it for him and he just won't take it off!!

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  5. Stunning... I love those special pics too and I completely go with Whitney. I think I would know your photos out of hundreds... and I think that´s a great compliment ;-)

    Anton looks so handsome with those orange pants and this jumper (I want to have). He looks like spring!

    Hugs

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  6. Gah! I think my computer ate my last comment :-( These photos are magnificent. I love the way you use light, and shadow to such powerful effect. It's like I'm right there in the museum with you.

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