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Anticipating a Visit to the David Collection of Islamic Art in Copenhagen

fter some time spent in Istanbul and Western Turkey this spring I have plans to revisit the David Collection in Copenhagen, Denmark.  I want another opportunity to  study this extraordinary collection of Islamic Art. Housed in a recently renovated space in central Copenhagen the museum is located in two early 19th c buildings thoughtfully conceived with series of intimate spaces to showcase an extensive collection and variety of art of the Islamic world.

Day Trip from Mardin to Dara – SE Turkey

he week before it was time to come home from Turkey my daughter Leah and I took a short trip to Mardin in the Southeast of Turkey.  Our time was a combination of putting our feet up and relaxing and also exploring some nearby sites and cities that I had never visited previously. One such morning we set aside some time for a trip to Dara.  Dara is a village built on the site of ruins dating back to the 6th c BC.  The name harkens back to King Darius the Persian king

Fall 2013 – Eastern Turkey: The Land Beyond

ooking ahead to the fall of next year we have travel planned for Eastern Turkey October 4th -18th, 2013.  We will start and end our trip in Istanbul with an internal flight to the city of Trabzon on the Black Sea in the northeast of Turkey close to the Georgian border. Then we will return to Istanbul from Gaziantep in the southeast corner of Turkey.   Travel in eastern Turkey provides glimpses of landscape, culture and traditions that appear to have remained unchanged for centuries.  The same travel includes insight into the monumental changes that are impacting the region.  Highways, massive dams and sophisticated agricultural undertakings exist side by side with the very old. I personally love to tour the ancient sites of Eastern Turkey.  I love the experience of not being with masses of people as we wander through monasteries, palaces, abandoned ruins of bygone cities or hike in the Taurus Mountains above a lakeside village.  My imagination is lured back in time when on the Mesopotamian plain, when in Sanliurfa (birthplace of Abraham)

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Art, Carpets, Food & Friendship in Cambrige, Mass.

step onto a Caucasian carpet as I put my foot into the hallway of a Greek Revival home around the corner from Inman Square in Cambridge, Mass. The tree-lined street is home to houses that date to the middle of the 19th century and I am at the historical heart of America. As a Canadian child I learned of Paul Revere’s famous ride, the Boston tea party and as always I am so engaged to be in a historical location that I have only encountered previously in books and images.

From Opera to Salsa – a Tour of Diversity in Copenhagen

ur pedometer read 18 kms today when we came through the door of the flat from our tour.  What you may ask were we up to that kept us walking for 26,000 steps today?  The day held diversity galore; treats for our eyes, ears; basically our whole beings with the exception of our tired feet. We started with two terrific architectural stops both great contemporary design and both located on the edge of city canals.  The state Opera house has a huge presence with views across the canal to the Royal Theatre.  A cooperative young woman was responsive to Jack’s pleas in rusty Danish to gain access and so we had the building to ourselves for half an hour or so and took a ‘self guided tour’.   From there we made our way to the Black Diamond – a contemporary addition to the Royal