Angling between Continents

Last year in October, my wife and I went on our honeymoon to Turkey for two weeks. We had a blast–its hard to put into words how amazing a country Turkey is and how lovely its people are. We experienced thousands of years of culture and literally walked the bridge between Europe and Asia. And wouldn’t you know? There were fishermen on it.

 

"Istanbullus" fishing from Galatasaray Bridge in Istanbul

 

Istanbullus of all ages were fishing for smelt

 

 

The fresh caught smelt are sold to the dozen or so fish restaurants that line the lower platform of the Galata Bridge. They are fried-up and served in Balik Ekmek- a fish sandwich with salad and lemon juice. The bridge itself is relatively new, built in 1992 to replace an older iron structure. The next few pics I didn’t take myself, but I wanted you to see the kinds of fish being caught and how they were being served. Sadly, I’m not a big fan of smelt so I abstained…but I’m definitely going back to Istanbul in the future, so will man-up and go for it next time. Forgot to mention, the best thing about the bridge…you can RENT poles and buy bait right there!

 

 

 

 

The Things I Look For

I’m a big fan of projects like the selby that go into folks homes and muck about until you form some sort of impression of them. Having a bit of a background in ethnography, I thought I would introduce myself through some visual observations–a quick tour of my some cherished things. Now, since I’m showing you around, you’ll have to take my word for it when I tell you I out-smarted the antique salesman in the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul to buy this Ottoman Empire stamp (its true!).

I will do an extended post on my Turkey visit in the near future, but here are pictures of the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul where aforementioned stamp was purchased. We bought a number of rugs, and textiles. Half the fun was in the bargaining.

Haggling for Kilims

Here are the three watches I own: a Luminox Navy Seal 3000, vintage Omega dress watch, Bell & Ross Vintage 126 XL.

They range from sport casual to dress, but each has a pedigree that says quality, craftmanship, heritage and utility. I once was in an airport in the gulf of Florida when a self-professed watch fanatic came up to me and asked me about my Luminox. He was gushing, wanted to know if i was military. I told him they weren’t that hard to come by–but he was willing to trade me his Rolex right off his watch. He struck me as one of those impulsive guys with a lot of money who didn’t care about the details. I couldn’t in good conscience trade a $200 watch for a $5000 one, though i was tempted.

Luminox is 16-yr old company, Swiss-made, and got on the map by becoming the official time instrument of the US Navy Seals. Bell & Ross, known more recently for its square dial and crown, is actually just a twenty-year old brand. Omega, of course, is much older, founded in 1848. Vintage Omegas from the 40s, 50s, and 60s have recently come into vogue and can be had at very affordable prices, far under 1k. I got mine at Jack Spade in New York on Warren Street. As a veteran in advertising, I’m partial to great brands. Legacy (or story) + Quality+ Design + Exclusivity = love it.