Gülhane Parkı runs along side the Topkapı Palacejust behind the Hagia Sofia – massive park for people to get some rest – to get away from the intensive city buzz…. reading, kissing, playing, walking, pic nicking, eating, listening and just to exist.
Gulhane means Rosehouse. Gülhane Parki was once part of the outer garden of Topkapı Palace and mainly consisted of a grove. A section of the outer garden was planned as a park by the municipality and opened to the public in 1912.
The Museum of The History of Science and Technology in Islam is located in the former stables of Topkapı Palace, on the western edge of the park.
During my visit in Istanbul I spent mostly of my day in the park with all their million flowers and thousands waiting to be planted, but I couldn’t see much action going on … the sweepers was all go, but when it was about all the plants waiting to get into the ground … none what so ever.
Not only the people of Istanbul that loves the park – I think every bird in Istanbul spend their days there, never heard so much bird song in my life and on most park benches they have really put their marks on, totally covered in it.
Also all plants that was under the big trees was covered.
Roses … roses … and more roses. In the most fantastic shades and combinations – I had wished they had put their names to them. I suppose that is were the park has got it’s name from.
I will let the roses and their friends talk for themselves.
I sat down and remembered my mum, it was on the day 2 years ago that she left – my mum would had loved to sit there with me. I miss her so much at times.
My thoughts also went to my aunt Thea, even if they hadn’t been talking to for years. My aunt Thea once told me that there is rose named Thea, so I’m honored too. Not only Christian Dior that has a rose cultivar after him. It’s suppose to be yellow and apricot. Maybe it was one of the 100’s in Gülhane Parkı.
It would had been fantastic if we all 3 could had some time together in a park full of roses. We had probably been laughing to all the stupid things that has been done and said through the years – what I understand is this song about laughter and roses, but I can be wrong.
“But the thing about remembering is that you don’t forget.”