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Istanbul is an incredibly photogenic city. At every corner, there seems to be an interesting scene, fascinating people or beautiful architecture just waiting to be photographed. The mosques, as loud as they are early in the morning when we unbelievers are trying to sleep, are incredibly impressive. And then there are the colours, the vibrance and the chaos – all of it made me take way too many photos. So many in fact, that I could never hope to come up with enough written words to actually show them to you in the context of a proper article. So here are just some photos of the week from Istanbul:

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The Suleymanyie Cami mosque and the usual chaos in front of it.

View of the Galata tower and the neighbourhood of Beyoglü

View of the Galata tower and the neighbourhood of Beyoglü.

After a few days in Istanbul, Brendan and I felt the need to get away from the very touristy Sultanahmet district and decided to cross over to Asia for a day. Getting there is easy – we just took the ferry from Eminönü to Kadiköy, a short ride that only costs 3 Turkish Lira (about $1.50). Kadiköy is a fairly relaxed neighbourhood and mainly inhabited by locals, some of them really interesting characters. One guy even rode up in his scooter, with his dog clinging to his shoulders and wearing sunglasses. We spent the day walking on the waterfront and eating the dish Kadiköy is famous for: Turkish pizza.

On the ferry

Feeding the seagulls on the ferry.

Famous guy with a dog on a motorcycle

Apparently this guy is a bit of a celebrity in Istanbul, rocking up on his scooter with his dog – aptly named “Dog” – riding behind him with a little outfit and sunglasses on. Awesome dude!

The waterfront in Kadiköy

Balloon-seller at the waterfront in Kadiköy.

Selling cotton candy

Selling cotton candy.

And of course I went out and did some evening photography as well. With all the mosques lit up beautifully and the crowds of people disappearing, it is incredibly tempting to press the shutter button constantly. While waiting for the sky to turn the perfect colour, I started chatting to a young local guy named Amir in the courtyard of the Blue Mosque. Amir’s family has a carpet shop nearby and he was sent there to bring in customers. Since I told him upfront that I was working, wasn’t interested in carpets at all and there weren’t many tourists around to begin with, he happily indulged me in the tactics he uses to lure the visitors to his family’s shop.

“It’s very easy”, Amir says. What usually seems to work for him, is chatting up visitors in front of the impressive building and offering to show them around for a while. All for free and from the goodness of his heart of course. Afterwards, the happy tourists feel somewhat indebted to the friendly guy and get sneakily directed to the carpet shop to do some shopping. I was suspecting something along those lines and I asked him who his best customers are. “Americans and Russians”, he replies, “they have big wallets.”

Hagia Sophia

The Hagia Sophia and an incredibly kitschy pink fountain.

The Blue Mosque

Walkway to the Blue Mosque.

The Blue Mosque

The courtyard of the Blue Mosque.

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The New Mosque.

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Another shot of the Suleymanyie Cami mosque and the docked ferries below.

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There are tons of restaurants lining the Galata Bridge. If you walk by them, expect to be hassled and asked to come inside constantly, but once you settle down somewhere, it is fun to sit on the sunny side of the bridge and splurge on an apple tea and a shisha. A good place to sit and people-watch was at the “Sirena” towards the middle of the bridge.

And the rest of the photos:

the people of Istanbul

Dude in a costume.

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Woman on a bench in front of the Blue Mosque.

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Fishermen line every inch of the Galata Bridge.

Turkey!

Turkey!

 

About The Author

Tiffany is a Swiss travel writer, digital nomad, and photographer, who, after a fateful journey through Africa, has decided to get her passport renewed, sell all her junk, and live out of a suitcase in various corners of the world, as well as share the experiences with other travel enthusiasts. This blog is intended to inspire you to pack your bags, leave everything behind for a while, and make you go discover the world. Check her out on .

6 Responses

  1. Shaun

    Hello Tiffany these are wonderful! I am heading to Turkey for the first time in Febuary and this just got me even more excited’

    Much thanks

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