ISTANBUL PEOPLE - Trici
Bulent Ecevit Plays the Palace ©2004 by Trici Venola. Pera Palace Hotel, Beyoglu, Istanbul.  I'd arranged to draw the Pera Palace New Year's Gala in return for a ticket, but when I got there, all dressed up in the snow, the girl on the gate rudely told me I had to sit out behind the piano with the dirty dishes and haranguing waiters. So that's what I drew, along with the sour-faced guy behind them. He turned out to be former Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit. Since I'd already drawn the entire hotel staff, they let me in and I danced all night.

Bulent Ecevit Plays the Palace ©2004 by Trici Venola. Pera Palace Hotel, Beyoglu, Istanbul. I'd arranged to draw the Pera Palace New Year's Gala in return for a ticket, but when I got there, all dressed up in the snow, the girl on the gate rudely told me I had to sit out behind the piano with the dirty dishes and haranguing waiters. So that's what I drew, along with the sour-faced guy behind them. He turned out to be former Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit. Since I'd already drawn the entire hotel staff, they let me in and I danced all night.

Bulent EcevitBeyogluIstanbulPera Palace HotelNew Year's Galadirty dishesharanguing waitersformer Turkish Prime Minister