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  • Marie Palowoda
    adele, istanbul is facsinating. marbling must sees are; the paper collection at the suleymaniye library; barut s guest house and ebristan are both owned by
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 17 11:42 PM
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      adele,
      istanbul is facsinating. marbling must sees are; the paper collection at the suleymaniye library;  barut's guest house and ebristan are both owned by hikmet barutgugil.  besides the framed pieces he has displayed, hikmet has marbled the curtains, wall tiles, light fixtures, ceiling tiles, cabinetry doors, and so on.  hikmet's fax is 90 216 411 66 36. master marbler mustafa duzgunman's works and tools are displayed at galata mevlevihanesi.  there is a street near the guesthouse we called the artisan's street. on of the shops carried papers currently being made.hikmet can tell you where these and other places are.
      although i saw a few books with marbled papers at the topkapi palace, the other exhibits were fantastic, especially the harem, the clothing, and jewelry. other non-marbling musts are the blue mosque, the aya sophia, the cistern, the grand bazaar, and experiencing a turkish bath, called a hamam. the only one i visited was cemberlitas bath on vezirhan caddesi (street). it was an unforgettable experience, i went twice.  down the street on divanyolu caddesi is cennet gozleme -manti. it is a place for tourists but the turkish musicians are lively and you can watch the women make your gozleme, delectable paperthin flatbread filled with potato or spinach or other goodies. a perfect snack after the hamam. you will see rugs for sale everywhere and men will come up to you on the street wanting to show you their rug shop.  pack an empty duffle bag. have a great time, i wish i was going too, it is such a magical place. i can hear the call to prayer from three different mosques as i type.  oh, and if you are not used to city noises, bring some earplugs for bedtime.
      best wishes,
      marie
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