a while back i traveled east from london to istanbul, but sadly not on a luxury train. the city is so very very beautiful.

” Alas, it does indeed seem a monstrous thing, but after all, what is chaste in Constantinople may have the aspect of lewdness in Liverpool, and what in Liverpool may pass for virtue in Constantinople is frequently regarded as vice.”

Ford Hermann Hueffer

“We walked through the street of male brothels. I saw bardashes buying sugared almonds, doubtless with bugger-money – the anus thus about to provision the stomach, instead of the usual other way round.”

Gustav Flaubert,French author, 1850 (Flaubert unfortunately left no list ing for this particular part of town.)