Who stole the Bosporus?

  • February 2nd, 2012

    THE MOUTH OF THE GOLDEN HORN.

    School’s out, roads are closed, and the Bosporus may or may not show up today. Welcome to another kind of Istanbul.

    KARAKÖY CHURCH.

    Istanbul gets all sorts of weather, but snow, at least the kind that stays, is special. The sky looks like a gauzy backlit curtain, and the city’s iconic silhouettes retreat like ghosts or shadows of shadows. Occasionally there’s even the crackle of thunder.

    WHO STOLE THE BOSPORUS … ? SNOW AND SMOKE HAVE HIDDEN THE JEWEL OF ISTANBUL.

    Sometimes the Bosporus and intercontinental bridges retreat altogether behind a shroud of dense vapor so thick a balcony feels more like the prow of a ship cutting through mist-concealed waters.

    A RETREAT FROM THE COLD? THE INSULATION DOESN’T LOOK LIKE MUCH.

    The city is not open for business as usual. So for most, there’s only one thing to do. Stay warm, huddle close and take advantage of the fact that you don’t have to go anywhere. 

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