Istanbul – Madonna, Orhan Pamuk and my friends

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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?

Two of my girlfriends

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.

Cukurcuma Street

Bric a brac

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.



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9 replies
  1. Maureen
    Maureen says:

    Hi the Museum sounds geat was this one of your RED TOKEN TOURS will have do it on my next visit I know they will have a great time your so knowlegable about Istanbul

    • inka
      inka says:

      I go to the concert because I have been invited, more important to me is the museum and showing my friends around. I need to read the book too. Am going to buy it in Istanbul.


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