Where do you live?
In Maçka, Istanbul.
What’s the best thing about your neighbourhood?
Maçka is the most beautiful place because I can take in all of Istanbul from there. I see the whole Bosphorus: the Maiden’s Tower is directly across from me; to the left are Dolmabahçe Palace, the Bosphorus Bridge and Ortaköy Mosque; to the right are Topkapı Palace and Sultanahmet Mosque.
What are your favourite restaurants?
Aqua Restaurant at the Four Seasons at the Bosphorus is a lovely place to eat. Café du Levant, at the Rahmi Koç Museum on the Golden Horn, and the restaurant in the Moda Club are also very nice.
Your top place to shop?
What I love most are the antique shops in the İç Bedesten (old bazaar) in the Grand Bazaar. In the winter I’m there every Saturday. I collect things; I buy carpets and kilims; I always find something.
Where do you like to walk?
I love to walk in Belgrade Forest or walk around on Büyükada (in the Princes’ Islands) in the winter. Sometimes I walk from my neighbourhood all the way to Topkapı Palace, to see the street life; you see such different things when you walk there.
What’s the best historical site?
I can’t choose among them because each is more beautiful than the last. For example, how to choose between Kariye Church and Rüstem Paşa Mosque? Each is a jewel.
And your favourite museums?
The Istanbul Archaeology Museum is superb, as is Topkapı Palace. It would be a shame for someone to leave Istanbul without having seen Topkapı; you must see the Harem and the Treasury. There is also the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts and the Mosaic Museum.
Which person from Istanbul do you admire most?There are so many people I’ve admired; they’ve all passed away. The painter Fahrelnissa Zeid; the pianist and composer Cemal Reşit Rey; the artist Erol Akyavaş.
What can’t you live without?
My work is, of course, extremely important in my life. So are Istanbul, Bodrum, my children and playing tennis.