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My favourite part of the Topkapi Palace is the area known as the Fourth Courtyard. Here the lovely gardens and terraces are home to a number of kiosks and pavilions and there are views down to the Bosphorus.
The kiosks have gorgeous stained glass windows and highly decorative cupboard doors and window panels.
It is the beautiful blue and white tiling, however, that really stands out in my mind. The Circumcision Room, in particular, has exquisite and rare tiles both inside and outside.
This pavilion was initially planned as the Sultan’s summer kiosk and is now referred to as the Circumcision Room, as it was the venue of the circumcision ceremony of the sons of Sultan Ahmet III. Circumcision is a ritual of cleanliness and purity, part of the Islamic faith. Its importance is clear from the beautiful location here in a central area of the Palace.
The wet and windy weather that hit Florida just as I arrived in February was mild compared to the ice storm that was terrorising most of the other states.
I like rain, as long as I’m not caught out in it unprepared. So as soon as I had settled into my room on the first evening, I grabbed a warm jumper and sat outside on the verandah with a nice glass of red and a heater overhead.
The next morning, the still- stormy sky posed for my camera.
This is one inviting grocery store in Brussels.
English speakers who don’t speak French would probably guess that the name of this store has something to do with spices, and that wouldn’t be so far off the mark. Epicerie does literally means “spice shop”, but it is now used as a more general term for a grocery or speciality food store.
Linked to Lingering Look at Windows.
Police Boxes like this one used to be a common sight around Britain. They predate our era of easy mobile communications; they were located in public places to allow the public to contact the police and to allow the police to contact their office. A Bobby on the beat could effectively clock in and out using this box and could call for help or report incidents.
They resemble a traditional phone box, but in a police box the telephone itself is located behind a hinged door allowing it to be used from the outside, and the interior of the box is, in effect, a miniature police office.
The first police telephone was installed in Albany, New York, in 1877. One of the first boxes to appear on British streets, was for the City of Glasgow Police in 1880. Within 40 years of their first appearance there were thousands of them in both rural and urban areas. The British boxes were usually blue, except in Glasgow, where they were red until the late 1960s.
By the 1970s the boxes were becoming redundant due to advances in mobile telecomms, and they were gradually removed from our streets. Most boxes are now disused. Some have been preserved, however, and a few now have new uses, such as a coffee shop.
Of course, the most famous re-purposing is Doctor Who’s Tardis! The Doctor needed a vehicle that when landed could blend in with its surroundings – what better than a commonplace blue police phone box? Story has it that the choice may also have been an economic one – the BBC happened to have police box model that had been used previously on Z Cars…
If you’d like to know more about the history of these boxes, do check out this detailed and fascinating article. I particularly like the breakdown of calls by type of incident reported. Of the 299 calls made in 1937, for example, 17 were to report football being played on the streets, 12 for attempted suicides, 6 for indecent exposures and 4 for dog bites.
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Istanbul’s Galata Bridge connects the old town with the new; atop are the trams and the fishermen, beneath are the bright lights and restaurants, beyond are the domes and minarets.
Linked to Cee’s Which Way? Challenge.
Earlier this week I was lucky enough to be invited to lunch at the Caledonian Club in London, where I thoroughly enjoyed my haggis and neeps, with a nip of whisky to aid digestion.
With that in mind, I thought I’d take you to Scotland again for today’s challenge. Back in week 10, I showed you the wonderful views from the roof terrace of the National Museum of Scotland; this week, I’m sharing some views down into the galleries themselves.
The museum contains treasures from all over the world, demonstrating topics as diverse as the natural world, world cultures, the story of Scotland, the history of art and science and technology. Here is just a little peek at what’s on offer.
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF
Every Thursday, I publish a post containing photos taken from above or below, and invite you to join in the challenge by posting your own photos with an up or down perspective. Just publish your post as normal and then link it to this challenge.
Welcome to week 27! A big thank you to all who entered last week - we had our most participants ever.
You can see all of the entries from previous weeks on my Pinterest board if you are seeking inspiration, or are just plain nosy.
So please show us what you have; share your up or down perspective with us. Simply create your own post as normal, create a link to this challenge and then click here to enter your link and to view other entries. If you have any difficulties with the linky, please just leave your link in a comment below and I will upload your thumbnail.
Finally, please don’t forget to go and visit the other challengers and pass on your views and encouragement.
To find out more about how to enter, click here. The linky list will open each Thursday at 00:01 GMT and will be open for a week.