Wednesday, February 10, 2010


The exotic mystery of the city known as the crossroads
of the East and West beckons from across the Mediterranean.
The last capital of the Roman Empire, it connects our world to the antiquity.
The birthplace of Christianity, the now-Muslim city bears the beauty and the scars of faith.
The only city in the world sitting on two continents,
the poeticism of this metaphorical place seduces and intrigues. 
Get dazed in Istanbul.

“In the morning when you wake and see a mist over the Golden Horn
with the minarets rising out of it slim and clean toward the sun
and the muezzin calling the faithful to prayer
in a voice that soars and dips like an aria from a Russian Opera,
you have the magic of the East.”
- Ernest Hemingway

“So if you’ve a date in Constantinople,
She’ll be waiting in Istanbul.”
- They Might Be Giants

“If one had but a single glance to give the world,
one should gaze on Istanbul.”
– Alphonse de Lamartine

Photos: Carmen Kass photographed by Koray Birand for Harper's Bazaar Turkey February 2010 via FGR

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