Sunday, May 24, 2009

Back in the World

A spectacular two-week trip to Turkey has been refreshing and productive - the craftsmanship and devotion expressed through its architecture, cuisine and handmade wares were truly inspiring.

The trip began in the magnificent madness of Istanbul, progressing east through arid cave towns and underground cities and then south to the gorgeous coastal town of Kas where the food, blossoming bougainvilleas and abundance of textile wares were utterly beguiling. The hand painted tiles, woven blankets, hammam towels, kilims, rugs, lanterns and ceramic arts were perfect distillations of context, even when reproduced for a traveller's benefit.

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