Vertigo Leg 1: 2005, US

Sep
07
2010

'Highly Atmospheric...'

07 September 2010
'Highly Atmospheric...'
Istanbul.  Day off.

The whole of the 360 touring party left Istanbul last night, but I decided some time ago that I would stay on here.  Given the distance and logistical challenge of getting from here to Switzerland, there are four days between now and the Zurich show.  I'm completely over the idea of commuting from Nice and, lovely though the city of Zurich is, it was a no-brainer to take up the option of using these days to explore a place that's completely new to me.  The best part is that everyone else has gone and nobody knows I'm here, so hopefully I'll have a few days peace and quiet.

There are some non-tour friends still around, including Gavin Friday who I ran into at breakfast.  Ambitions were deliberately low with the only real goals being to relax a bit and to see some of this extraordinary place, so let the tourism begin.  We did all the usual run of things, mosques, museums, riverboat trip, etc., and of course a thorough culinary exploration.

Istanbul is this year's European City of Culture so has a programme of special events, exhibits and art happenings, which was an added bonus.  One thing I particularly liked was a long series of backlit photographs all along one of the main thoroughfares. I haven't a clue what the black & white reportage photos were documenting (presumably something to do with Turkey's history) but they were highly atmospheric, even just as abstract images.

Related Topics

COMMENTS

0

Current News

07 May, 2009
The opening night of the tour in Barcelona is only weeks away so no better time for a reminder of life on the road.
7
20 Dec, 2006
Rocko Reedy on the night his band opened up for U2.
20 Dec, 2006
How Come? Well, Tamara Kendall from the UK won the 'Hunt The Lyric' competition for those return flights and tickets ...
12 Dec, 2006
The one hundred and thirty first Vertigo show and it was one to remember. Report, photos.
11 Dec, 2006
Wonderful closing night with Pearl Jam in Hawaii and lots of surprise touches as Vertigo 05/06 comes to a close ...
06 Dec, 2006
The U2 support act you've never heard of. (Until Hawaii that is.)
05 Dec, 2006
New backstage shots before showtime in Tokyo.

Eric Clapton was at the final Tokyo show on Monday and chatted with Edge ...
04 Dec, 2006
Video of the band playing 'Window in the Skies' for Japanese TV at the weekend.

Current News

30 Apr, 2015

‘Wow, that’s four years since we played that?’ Not bad!’ Interview, New York Times.

28 Apr, 2015

Chegg and the One Campaign launch student contest to win tickets to see the band on tour.

12 Apr, 2015
'It's a mysterious thing, the relationship between father and son...'
10
09 Apr, 2015
The Deluxe version of Songs of Innocence arrives on vinyl next week, an exclusive for Record Store Day.
37
24 Mar, 2015
Sunday, June 7 - second and final show in Denver. Tickets on sale Monday.
23 Mar, 2015
A sixth and final show has been confirmed for London's O2 in November.
19 Mar, 2015
Sing 'Song For Someone' ? We'll be showcasing some of the performances.