We were told today that according to unconfirmed sources, the bird was named after the country. During the Revolutionary War, Turks came to America to support the fight against the British, and as a reward, Americans named the big bird eaten at Thanksgiving, Turkey, in honor of the country of the allies. Is that a great story, or is it just “turkey talk”?
We began the day by crossing one of 2 bridges onto the Asia side of Istanbul, which represents my first time on the Asian continent. We visited the atelier of Hikmet Barutcugil a famous painter using the traditional marbeling technique. Hikmet and his staff were very gracious, serving us tea and snacks and allowing each one of us to create our own painting with the help of his staff.
The paintings are made with natural pigments and oils by dripping paint onto a tray of water, pushing the paint around with simple tools, and then transferring the paint to a sheet of paper by laying the paper onto the water.
Upon successful completion of our paintings, we all received certificates, which of course were created on marbeled paper. Brad, who is using his Canon Rebel to create HD video of our experience for a documentary film, is especially pleased to be ‘certified’.
Lunch was at a seafood restaurant on a cliff overlooking the Bosphorus Strait, and all the fish was freshly caught.
After lunch, some of us took the ferry across the water back to the European side and we walked in the area of the Spice Market, where all kinds of animals, including leeches, are for sale. We visited 2 mosques – these are incredible structures that have amazing tile work inside and large interior domes. In Turkey, visitors are allowed into the mosques even while prayer is in session.
In the evening we all attended a dinner reception sponsored by Turkey’s Foreign Economic Relations Board. We listened to 2 informative presentations about the Turkish economy and learned some impressive facts about the country’s status. Dinner consisted of many courses and much conversation. What a great way to end the day!