Impressions of Istanbul

Coming from Bulgaria, my first stop in Turkey was the buzzing metropolis of Istanbul.

Built on both sides of the Bosporus, the two sides of the city itself seem to be completely from two different worlds. While in the European part especially Sultanahmet and Fatih with all their history are magnets for tourists from all over the world, Kadiköy with its fish-market and lots of bars and restaurants in the Asian part of the city has a very local feel to it.

Here are just a few impressions from the days a had in the city.

Aya Sofya – first a church, then a mosque, now a museum
By night…
…and from the inside.
Taking a walk in the beautiful gardens of Topkapi Palace
Colourful houses in Fatih
This is true love for ones country
The inside of Chora Church…
…is beautifully painted while…
…the outside is competely covered for restauration.
That’s a lot of dates…
…and spices.
Not happy with today’s catch?
Bread to be filled with soup – jummy.
An old truck bringing all the delicousness
One of the Bosporus bridges connecting two continents – Europe and Asia
Eating outside in Kadiköy…
…where the locals are shopping.
You can even get coffee…
…roasted and brewed by Walter White.
Galata Bridge between Eminönü and Karaköy…
…next to which an artist is advertising his work…
…and where the locals try to catch their dinner.
Taking a selfie…
…with the Blue Mosque.
A vendor selling roasted corn and chestnuts
Happy dad with his girl
A derwish dancing as if in trance
Istanbul’s skyline by night

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