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From Istanbul, with love

“If one had but a single glance to give the world, 

one should gaze on Istanbul." Alphonse De Lamartine 

Postcard from Istanbul, November 5, 2007

"To my golden heart, habibi, my Tantouni,

Hopefully after your trip to Spain, there will be a trip to Istanbul. You will feel at home habibi. The Golden Horn, the golden source, people with golden hearts and an amazing hospitality... See, you will feel you belong right away. I am saying goodbye with nostalgia in my heart, leaving behind the magic of the Bosphorus, the charm of beautiful mosques and towering castles from a long-gone era, bustling marketplaces, and most of all, human warmth and the harmony of East and West at its best. I will miss it.


I miss you too hayete,


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