A cool reception in cold Turkey
- 28 Nov 06, 10:36 AM
Good morning from café 57 here in a chilly Istanbul.
We've just set up the laptops having spent the early part of the morning reading the local papers, and getting a feel for what the mood really is like here in the heart of this city, ahead of the Pope's arrival.
Istanbul is as busy as ever this morning, just outside my window on the narrow streets of Feridiye Caddesi, trucks and cars are rattling by and although there's a chill in the air our hosts at the Piramid Art Centre have cranked up the heating and are plying us with plenty of coffee..Always welcome..
Well the Pope is due to land in Ankara very soon, with some of the tightest security this country has seen in recent years. Before departing from Rome, the pontiff said he was embarking on, "..a trip of dialogue, brotherhood and reconciliation at this difficult moment in history..."
And it is very difficult. Mass demonstrations at the weekend urging him to stay away by some Muslims, and more are planned today despite many editorials in the daily newspapers calling for people to be warm and welcoming..
Many have been saying to us that they just want to wait and see what he has to say before they pass judgement on him being here, other however have told us that he is simply causing more offence by going ahead with this planned visit.
We really want to hear from Turkey today, and if you are in Istanbul why not pop along to the Piramid Art Centre and join us in café 57. We'd love to hear from you, just drop us an email with your contact details and we'll be in touch.