Combing Cotton ©2004 by Trici Venola. From my rooftop terrace in Tarlebasi, Istanbul. When worlds collide in Istanbul. These jocular women spent the day carrying on as they have for centuries in their village, on a rooftop across the street from the swank old Pera Palace Hotel. A ghastly landlord, so I left as soon as I could find a place in Sultanahmet.