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Since almost two months we are in Istanbul but we couldn’t settled yet. There are long lists of things to do, also books to buy, exhibitions to visit…etc. And best way to begin to all this, is having few new notebooks. Last year during a visit to Turkey, we saw a small paper shop in a divided corner of a café in Karaköy, a neighborhood in Istanbul and we loved their nostalgic notebook series.

Yesterday we headed to Kâğıthane (House of Paper) to buy some notebooks. When we arrived there we saw that they moved to another shop at the same passage: Fransız Geçidi (Passage Français), an old Istanbul passage restored very cruelly with an addition of ugly modern building.

Karaköy becomes one of the popular destinations of Istanbul with its cafés, galleries since few years and is not anymore a very attractive destination for us with its new visitors profile. But if you are interested with vintage style notebooks, Kâğıthane is worth a visit.

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İstanbul’a döneli neredeyse iki ay olacak ama hâlâ düzenimizi tam oturtamadık. Uzun bir yapılacak işler listesine ek olarak, bir de alınacak kitaplar, gezilecek sergiler vs diye listeler uzayıp gidiyor. Bu listelerle başa çıkmaya başlamanın en iyi yolu da önce birkaç güzel defter edinmek. Geçen yıl Türkiye’ye geldiğimizde, Karaköy’de bir kafenin köşesine açılmış küçücük bir defterci görmüştük ve en son çocukluğumuzda gördüğümüz gibi, eski tarz defter serilerini çok sevmiştik.

Dün de defterlerimizi almak için Kâğıthane’ye yollandık. Kafenin içindeki yerlerinden yine aynı pasajın, beter restorasyonuyla insanı acılara gark eden Fransız Geçidi’nin içinde başka bir dükkâna taşınmışlar. Daha büyük alana geçince de ürün yelpazelerine seramik objeler, kumaş çantalar gibi şeyler eklemişler. Kendimize bakkal defteri, elişi defteri ve telefon defterini seçtik. Defterlerden birinin arkasında çarpım tablosu bile unutulmamış.

Karaköy birkaç yıldır birbiri ardına açılan kafeleri, galerileri ile İstanbul’un popüler semtlerinden olma yolunda hızla ilerliyor ama yeni ziyaretçi kitlesi ile bizim için daha gidilmeyesi, işimizi halledip ufaktan uzayalım dedirten bir yer hâline geldi. Ama yolunuz düşerse, Kâğıthane defterleri ve kedili gümüş takıları için ziyarete değer.

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After having weeks without rain, enjoying the sun with a temperature around 15-16 °C in Istanbul, today we have a dark and freezing winter day.  We woke up little bit early and headed to Bomonti Flea Market near the old Bomonti Beer Factory.

The flea market is settled on sundays at the same market place where Istanbul’s only organic market takes place on saturdays. Bomonti Flea Market has a character between flea market and antiques market. There are enough stalls to spend at least one hour looking to oldies. The dealers are kind but as a couple who spend lot of time in antiques markets and shops, when we compared some prices with our previous purchases from other markets and shops,  we can easy say that at least half of them are talking about unrealistic prices (sometimes ten times more). As in all antiques markets, here also to bargain is welcome.

Despite the cold wind and the high prices, we spent couple of hours there and came back home with two trophies: an old green glass bottle and a traditional Turkish hard candy jar. Happy? Yep!

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Haftalardır İstanbul’da yağmursuz, 15-16 derece civarında seyreden güneşli havanın tadını çıkardıktan sonra, sonunda karanlık ve buz gibi bir hava var dışarıda. Bugün biraz erken kalktık ve eski Bomonti Bira Fabrikası’nın yakınında kurulan Bomonti Bit Pazarı’na yollandık.

Bit pazarı pazar günleri, cumartesi günleri kurulan İstanbul’un tek organik pazarının kurulduğu pazar yerinde kuruluyor. Bomonti Bit Pazarı, bit pazarıyla antika pazarı karışımı bir yapıya sahip. Eskilere bakarak en az bir saat dolanabileceğiniz kadar tezgâh var pazarda. Satıcılar kibar ama antika pazarlarında ve dükkânlarında çokça vakit geçiren bir çift olarak çok rahat söyleyebiliriz ki, en azından yarısı uçuk (zaman zaman on kata kadar varan) fiyatlardan söz ediyorlar. Bütün antika pazarlarında olduğu gibi burada da pazarlığa açıklar.

Soğuk soğuk üfüren rüzgâra ve yüksek fiyatlara rağmen, birkaç saat dolandık pazarda ve eve iki ganimetle döndük: Yeşil eski bir şişe ve bir şekerlemeci akide şekeri kavanozu. Mutlu muyuz? Olma mı!

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Yesterday we enjoyed the sunny and warm weather and went to Notting Hill to visit The Museum of Brands. Since three years we were delaying this visit and at the end: hallelujah!

With its full name The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising is smallish, compact but beautiful museum and a very kind crew welcomes you. (The only bad thing is that taking photos is not allowed inside of the museum). In the museum you can see packages, advertisements of lots of British and some foreign products since the Victorian era through today.

If you are vintage lover and around Notting Hill, do not miss visiting The Museum of Brands in 2 Colville Mews, Lonsdale Road.

Happy 50th year Museum of Brands!

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Vintage book finds from an antiques shop in Edinburgh.

Birds of the Sea and Woodland Birds from Penguin Books collection.

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After a nice walk to Old Spitalfields Market in a sunny London day, some vintage shopping.

Perfect for a lazy saturday.

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Before joining the pillow fight yesterday afternoon in Trafalgar Square, in the morning we went to The British Postal Museum & Archive’s Museum Store open day in Debden.

We lost our selves between old letter boxes, pillar boxes, old Royal Mail cars and motorcycles, etc, we saw the first British pillar postal box used in Channel Islands between the island and the mainland  and we really enjoyed the visit.

The British Postal Museum & Archive’s Museum Store open day is a nice visit for oldie-goldie lovers, Royal Mail letter box fans, is a free event but they accept donations, is very easy to reach (take the Central Line underground to Debden, then walk 3 minutes, the footpath is perfectly indicated). For the next events and to see how to get there, you can check the museum’s web site. They deserve definitely more attention.

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London 1958-59 is a good documentary photography book about London life during these years through the lens of a foreigner photographer.

Chilean photographer Sergio Larrain (1931),  who is one of the members of MAGNUM agency and who visited London in 1958-59, documented a black and white portrait of this big city during his visit. The first UK edition of the book published in 1998 by Dewi Lewis Publishing.

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