I’m saddened by the recent political developments in Turkey. Istanbul has always been one of my favorite cities to visit and now I find myself avoiding going through it like I normally would on my way east, as I’m sure many others do. It remains one of the most interesting and vibrant mixes of culture, architecture, history, people. I hope things return to what they were before so I can soon drink tea looking at the Bosphorus again.
I’ve been to the city many times, often as a stop over to places like Nepal or South East Asia. And with the little time you have, you’re tempted to always go for the touristy stuff — Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque or Kapalıçarşı, the Grand Bazaar. Don’t get me wrong, those are still worth seeing, but there’s more to Istanbul.
On my last visit in 2015, we decided discover a bit of the hidden Constantinople…
The orthodox church of St. George.
Cool corner building.
Colorful Istanbul. And the kid’s face is priceless 🙂
I think they wanted to make a statement with the mosque 😉
Parenting done right.
The back streets
Tried helping her, but she waved me away saying she’ll handle it. Tough lady 🙂
A friendly sniff.
Because there’s no better place for a chat than the middle of the street 😉
It’s hard for me to pick the one I like the most 🙂
As far as final resting places go, this one is one of the better ones I’ve seen. I think you can tell a lot about a city by how they handle cemeteries.
Contrast at sundown. What a moment.
If you’ve never been to this incredible city, I highly recommend you go. Hope that we’re able to sooner rather than later.