Tomorrow, I’m off to yet another trip to Istanbul. I don’t know how many times I have visited the city and still I feel that I have only scratched the surface. This upcoming visit however is special for several reasons.
First, there is the Madonna concert on the 7th. It’s bound to be a riot. What makes it even better is the fact that three of my very best girlfriends from Beirut are coming too. Together with 250 Lebanese women, all fans. Can you imagine what that’s going to be like?
I’ll be the private tour guide for my friends because it’s their first visit to Istanbul and I’m working out what best to show them and in which order so that we are not trapped in too long queues because Istanbul is bound to be crowded.
And then I have planned to visit the latest attraction: Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence, based on his novel of the same name. The museum only opened on April 29th and is one of a kind. 83 show cases, each dedicated to one chapter of his book document the plot, the characters and the nostalgia of a bygone time just as melancholy and nostalgia pervade every work of the 2006 Nobel prize winner. It’ll make a nice addition to my Museum Blog.
Located in a four story town house in Cukurcuma Street, I’m looking forward to revisiting one of the most colorful areas of Istanbul, full of bric-a-brac shops, art galleries, street art, street performers and outrageous characters.
It’ll be an exhausting three days, but full of joy, new impressions, fun and entertainment not to mention the reunion with my friend which I value above all else.