Friday, August 21, 2009

The Binbirdirek Cistern

Imagine entering a silent place where you can forget the time and just focus on the "now"...
The Binbirdirek (means 1001 columns in Turkish) Cistern in Istanbul is one of those places. It might not be as well known as the Yerebatan Sarayi (Underground Cistern or Basilica Cistern), but this one is magic in my eyes. It is the perfect place to go when the temperatures rise up to real heat, because it´s very cool inside. Just look at the stylish bar, where you can get anything to drink and relax. I love those cool greenish and blue shades. Even here you can see a mixture of history and modern.
The Binbirdirek Cistern is also a perfect place for exhibitions, concerts and special organizations like weddings. Actually it hosts the Istanbul Photo Contest and in one part of the cistern you can find a gallery and the winner photo.
If you ever wanted to know, how it feels to walk on the ground of a cistern, I can highly recommend you to visit this gorgeous one. By the way, it is the second largest of the covered Byzantine cisterns in Istanbul. And the tea is extremely delicious ;)

Friday, August 14, 2009

Entrance card collection

Whenever I am going to visit a museum, a palace or another historical building, I collect the entrance cards. I don´t know why, but it´s like taking home a piece of my impressions. So later when I take a look at them, I remember special moments or certain inspiring things I´ve seen there. When I was younger, I used to keep the concert tickets :)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sultan´s Blue Ink

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Sultan´s blue ink is the perfect name for this bracelet, because the stunning Austrian crystals remind me of ink. I knitted this bracelet using silver coated copper wire, Austrian crystals and handmade Czech beads. I like the special aurora borealis coating of the small crystals, it looks gorgeous when they reflect the sunlight. Matching a pair of jeans and a basic shirt, this bracelet completes any outfit.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Time for dessert...

As it´s Sunday I would like to share a very easy recipe with you. So if you love pudding and semolina, this might be your new favorite dessert... Turkish semolina pudding :)

You need:
1 litre milk
9 tablespoons semolina
14 tablespoons sugar (you can use less ore more, depends on your taste)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract or vanilla sugar

First mix milk, vanilla extract and sugar in a pan and stir until it nearly boils. Make sure to stir the pudding with a wooden spoon. Then add the semolina and continue stirring the pudding at lower heat. Stir until mixture thickens and leaves sides of pan. Then pour the pudding into bowls. Usually we pour it into a big flat bowl and let in cool down in the refridgerator before slicing the pudding. To make it easier you can use many small bowls as I did. Feel free to sprinkle rose water over your delicious semolina pudding, you´ll like the combination of rose and milk. You can also sprinkle crushed walnuts over the pudding, this is also very famous in Turkey. I used a sliced plum to decorate my semolina pudding, what also works very well.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Stylish ornaments

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Istanbul has many thousands of old and really beautiful buildings. Nearly every building has anything that makes it special. You can easily find a very stylish combination of old and modern in Istanbul. Just take a look at this Lush store, inside you can find colorful soaps and other goodies. This store is located in the famous Istiklal Street and I fell in love with those beautiful ornaments above the entrance. Most people do not recognize the beauty of a building when they are walking around or shopping, but in certain cities I love to discover the buildings before taking a look at their shops.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Thunderstorm

We had lots of rain here lately and many people feel sad or depressed. Even sometimes there is no sunshine, there is always something else to discover. I love to be in my home and look out of the window with a hot tea in my hands. And what I really enjoy is watching those old movies like Miss Marple he he he...that might sound funny, but it´s great to watch the old black/white movies when you have thunderstorms outside. The bracelet consists of black coated copper wire and Austrian crystals, so even a thunderstorm can be inspiring...

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Less is more

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This necklace looks very airy and dreamy, although it has some big white beads, that seem to be heavy. Mostly I try to achieve a certain harmony when it comes to the materials I use. For this reason this necklace is an example to show, that there is no need to use the brightest colors to have a charming look. And how often do we hear that less is more, right?

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Time for a breakfast

Today is Sunday and I thought it would be nice to invite you to a breakfast :) On the picture you can see a modern version of a Turkish breakfast. I had this really delicious breakfast in the famous "French Street" in Istanbul. In one of the great restaurants I enjoyed choosing between different breakfast-themes and I decided to have this one. I liked the combination of sweet and salty and of course there is no breakfast without a yummy Turkish tea.
Happy Sunday to all of you !