Here are some of my photographs of Bratislava taken on one of many walks through the city. I try to take a walk each day in order to break up my thoughts and to gain […]
It’s time for a change of pace. Paperwork brings me to Bratislava. That, and the fact that I have a home here – a retreat – that allows me to rest when life becomes too […]
The Museum of the Ancient Orient is home to a very special artefact known as Exhibit L.2461. A small clay tablet inscribed in Sumerian cuneiform of a romantic poem thought to play a part in the yearly Sumerian fertility ritual.
The only culture that allows me to understand myself is one that is starkly different from my own.
This was the realisation I came to last night as I was writing about something completely unrelated.
The Basilica Cistern has a much more poetic name in Turkish – Yerebatan Sarnıcı or “Cistern Sinking Into Ground”. It’s also known as Istanbul’s Sunken Palace. To a visitor unaware of its purpose or its […]
As you come up from Gülhane Park on your way to Topkapı Palace there is a building tucked off to the right that to me at first glance looked very unassuming. If it wasn’t for […]
When I first started reading Madonna in a Fur Coat by Sabahattin Ali, I read more than half of it in one sitting. I couldn’t put it down. I was drawn in by the intimate […]
Kariye Müzesi, also known as The Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora, is one of the oldest and most important religious landmarks of Byzantine Constantinople. What makes it so special is its mosaics and […]