I’ve posted photos from Istanbul before (Five days in Istanbul and Intercontinental trip for $1), but I was going through my photo archive the other day and decided that Istanbul is so pretty that I have to share more photos from that magnificent city. So here it comes:
You can find lots of straits on the map of the world, but I think that only Bosporus is so very symbolic – it clearly marks the border between Europe and Asia. I don’t know if there is another place anywhere else where moving from one continent to another is as spectacular as in is on Bosporus. All you have to do is to board a ferry at Eminonu terminal at the European side of Istanbul and 15 minutes later you find yourself in Uskudar, in Asia.
I love Istanbul ferries and I could easily spend hours travelling from one shore of Bosporus to another. Istanbul looks stunning from the water and it’s hard to imagine this city without it. It is what gives the city its character and charm. Ferry trip is a ‘must do’ for every visitor and I recommend doing it at least a couple of time, ideally in the morning, when the views are best. And it costs just $1!
Istanbul! What a city! I had the best time during my short stay there. I loved the stunning mosques with huge domes and high minarets, I loved the narrow back streets full of tiny shops selling everything imaginable, I loved the ferry trips to the Asian side of the city, I loved the traditional tea and the stuffed eggplant, I loved the sunsets viewed from the famous Galata bridge.
Istanbul has got something magical about it and I think the magic comes from the mixture of the east and the west. Being spread between Asia and Europe, the city is both very traditional and very modern. There you can see women with their heads covered with scarves and women dressed in what is now in fashion in Western Europe. Traditional markets and huge, shinning shopping malls. Small kebab shops and international fast food restaurants.
I’ve brought lots of photos from Istanbul and today I am sharing just a few of them, hoping they will give you an idea of what Istanbul is like. But I will have many more. Stay tuned!
October 2004. Istanbul, Turkey.
Yerebatan Sarai is the most unusual place I have ever seen. Most of the time it is empty, but I happened to be there when it was decorated and magical music was playing. Built in the 6th century, it’s the largest of several hundred cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul, Turkey. Cisterns were typically used for water storage, and Yerebatan Sarayi once provided water for the Great Palace of Constantinople.
This photo happens to be the most popular one in my Flickr stream. As of today it was viewed 19,317 times, commented 129 times and liked by 475 people. It also appeared in issue 21 of JPG Magazine. I’m seriously flattered by all of this :)