Yes, I am enamored with this place. Ever since my first trip to Buyuk Valide Han nearly 4 years ago, I am always eager for another visit. Whether its a day of yoga and picnicking on the hot rooftop in the summer, or sitting bundled up in the corridors drawing doorways and arches while a kind worker offers a warm salep in the dead of winter…hours pass by at the Han as if I were in a time warp.
Last Saturday, we visited the Han to do a bit of research and a quick interview for an upcoming article I am collaborating on with Emilie. After our conversation with the Kapıcı, or doorman, we climbed up to the roof to take a look at a view that has become so familiar, yet endlessly breathtaking. On that day, a warm Lodos wind was blowing in from the south, making it difficult to even remain standing as the wind whipped our hair around.
When the wind was no longer tolerable, we settled ourselves on some cement steps in the corridors below for a quick drawing. I have recently been carrying around a small sketchbook with me, in order to do more daily drawing, even when I only have a minute. The pocket sized notebook makes it easy to complete a fairly detailed sketch in a short time. I was happy to see that regardless of its size, the little drawing still had presence.
Ozgur and I left early as Emilie finished her graphite drawing, which turned out incredibly lovely.