now that it’s raining coke bottles and bananas -sorry uncle tom (i meant) cats and dogs, rain drops on my fingertips sometimes give me the blues- the best way to use the excess water is to pay visits to istanbul fountains. with little jolts to the system, pretending that the water is pouring out as it used to years ago is not so hard, pseudohallucinations rulaz!
quoting -never! mind the mistakes- from the website of the ministry of culture and tourism; endowing money for the construction of a fountain and a water supply line to it was an act of piety which played an important role in ottoman life. hardly a sultan, sultan’s mother, sultan’s daughter, grand vezir, or other august personage did not endow a fountain in expression of their economic, social and political standing, and fountains became an important part of the architectural tradition. fountains were decorative features of both outdoor public spaces like squares, and intimate indoor spaces in private dwellings, and they reflected the architectural taste and styles of their time.
as a guide book, fountains in ottoman istanbul is the best suggestion. warm footware, light clothes and a good quality umbrella could save the day.