I've been a lucky duck this past month or so. Istanbul was incredible! It's always thrilling to be in a new place but this is a city so vibrant (Wait until you see the graffiti.) and full of history. I felt moved walking the ancient streets, marveling at the houses built into the hills, and measuring the cityscape in minarets. I walked over the Galata Bridge and tried to imagine discovering this place, finding it untouched and knowing you were onto a spot for the ages.
And then there are the omnipresent photos of that elegant gentleman, Kemal Ataturk. Some people leave books or paintings as their legacy, this guy left a country. Between his reforms and his dapper stylings, he is one crushworthy dude.
But really, my favorite part of Istanbul? The cats. Oh man. They get a post unto themselves.
This is ayran, one of my new favorite treats. I can't drink it alongside a meal, as it's too filling. But I love it on its own as a snack. This one was homemade and had yummy chunky bits. It was sorta like a feta shake.
And this was some outdated stuff at the desk I was using in our office there. There are some new life forms sprouting underneath that Tupperdome.
Turkish delight! I couldn't get enough. I availed myself of the free samples in the shops, you bet I did! In the middle are cloves, which you nibble on after a meal to freshen your breath. I gotta bring that to Sweden!
We took a ferry to Bursa one day.
Pretty, pretty Bursa.
The White Castle of Istanbul? These are wet burgers, garlicy and sloppy and, well... I should have had one.
Hey Beavis, that's "100% BUT" döner. Heheh.
And now onto the sites!
This is the Galata Tower. It was built in 1348. Wowza!
This is the Blue Mosque.
This is the Hagia Sophia. There were plenty of kind gentlemen hanging around offering to take a photo of me here. Yeah right! So you can run off with my camera??
Scenes from the Topkapi Palace.
The man himself.
A view from the Galata Bridge.
Fishermen set up along the bridge.
Rod rests, bait, and some of the day's catch.
I waited and waited to get this shot. My favorite part is the sign above. He managed to spell "pomegranate" correctly but "greyfurt"?
Greyfurt made my day.
Strolling with some prayer beads.