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istanbul from Pierre Loti
Posted November 30th, 2009 - 10:03 pm by from Algiers, Algeria (Permalink)
"What power on earth will give me
back my life in the East, my free life in
the open air, and my desultory rambles
amid the stir and clamour of Stamboul?
To set out of a morning from Atmeidan
with Eyoub for destination that evening;
chaplet in hand to go the round of the
mosques, to look in at all the cafedjis, to
linger by sepulchres, mausoleums, baths,
and squares, to sip Turkish coffee from
minute blue cups with copper holders,
to sit in the sun and smoke a narghileh
till a pleasing torpor ensues, to chat with
dervishes and fellow wayfarers, to be
free, light-hearted and unknown, and
to be oneself part and parcel of this
kaleidoscopic scene, so full of movement
and sunshine! And all the time to hug the
ghought that the beloved awaits one in
one's own house at nightfall"