Istanbul, Part Three – Art Exhibitions, Sunsets, and Fresh Fish

“Never, for the sake of peace and quiet, deny your own experience or convictions.”  - Dag Hammarskjold

After warming up in a coffee shop, I met up with Anastasia so we could to see some art exhibitions.  We started with Van Gogh Alive.  While I was not much of a fan going in, I developed a real appreciation for his work.

The exhibition used huge video screens to present the various pieces along with his sketches and journal pages.  One of the things I really liked was how the full painting would be on one screen and smaller screens would zoom in on portions of the piece.  I was able to really process some of the amazing detail work that went into to each piece.

We headed over to the modern art museum next, and it was like most of my other experiences with modern art.  I have a love/hate relationship with most modern art exhibitions.  There are generally less pieces that I connect with, but I continue to go to them because I find myself challenged at times and blown away other times.

We decided to head on to Galata Tower for what is regarded as  one of the best sunset views in the city.  Once we were up there, the view quickly lived up to its billing.  We were treated to an amazing sunset.

Then we got some dinner at a nice restaurant and walked around before making plans to go see an exhibition of Rembrandt and his contemporaries the next day.

We met up the next morning and hopped a bus up the coastline to a super nice museum.  Inside, we were treated to a wonderful display of both Rembrandt’s work as well as that of his contemporaries.  I am still astounded at some of the pieces we saw.

Since it was a beautiful day, we opted to walk back down the coast for a while.  We stopped off to visit the ancient Rumeli Fortress, an amazing structure that was built in just over four months.  I would say that such a task would be difficult today even with all our modern tools and the place is still standing..

Afterwards, we headed to the docks near theGalataBridgefor a fun treat.  There is a large set up that is pretty much an open air restaurant.  The fun part is that you go up and place your order for a fish sandwich and the guy calls over to the boat that is bobbing along the dock.  Much like the boat in Fethiye, these boats are cooking up fresh fish on huge griddle style cookers.  They hand you a fresh fish sandwich and you go sit wherever you can find a seat.

We walked around a little longer and then Anastasia caught the train to the airport.  Below are some photos from our couple of days hanging out together.  Enjoy.


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March 15, 2012 - 3:22 am

Krystal Radlinski - Simply stunning! I’m truly enjoying following your adventures!

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