Ankara’s palaces of diplomacy. The wierdly wonderful art of Gürbüz Doğan Ekşioğlu. George Maw, crocus collector. The wild Phrygian Highlands. Anatolian nomads; Colossal carpets; Istanbul’s blue and white porcelain in Sweden; Byzantine Thrace. Plus: the fragrant melon
How the diplomatic world dragged itself away from Istanbul and settled in the new capital..
A new capital called for new architecture. Ankara in the 1920s and 1930s produced a fascinating diversity of styes as the foreign powers decided to abandon their buildings on the Bosphorus and set up a new. Patricia Daunt, who came to know the embassies when her husband served as British envoy in the late 1980s, picks her favourites, while Fritz von der Schulenburg captures them on camera.
Colourful mountains of melons are a common sight at weekly street markets. Connoisseurs examine them, sniff them, weigh them in their hands. The stalk should have dried slightly, the bottom yield gently if pressed and the fruit should feel heavy and full.
Also see Cornucopia 47, Watermelons
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