ISTANBUL : SYNOPSIS IN 35 PHOTOS AND 3 DAYS

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Snow looks so good on Blue Mosque.
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The Blue Mosque or Sultanahmet Mosque up close sans snow. Colossal. Iconic. Stunning!
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The heritage tram that plies along Istiklal Caddessi to Taksim Square in Beyoglu district.
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When the German Fountain at Sultanahmet Square was blanketed by snow.
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Iznik tiles in floral patterns adorned the interiors of domes of the Blue Mosque.
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Sub Karakoy Hotel : Where I savored restful sleep and indulged in uncomplicated hospitality.
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First Turkish feathered friend I’ve met atop Galata Tower.
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Staring contest with the upside-down Medussa base-pillar inside Basilica Cistern.
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 AyaSofya or Hagia Sophia. Homage to once Orthodox Church turned mosque, now a museum.
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Men with fishing rods in Galata Bridge. The cold didn’t bother them anyway.
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My spontaneous attempt to look the part of an Ottoman sultan.
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Istiklal Caddesi, you became one of my favorite streets in the world!

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Snow-capped domes of Hagia Sofia.
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Thankful to experience that 140-year-old-subway tram from Karakoy to Istiklal Caddesi.
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European side from Galata Bridge. Istanbul skyline is crowned by domes and I don’t hate it.
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Lunch at Sultan Restaurant just off Sultanahmet Mosque.
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Galata Tower at dusk.
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The view from Galata Tower. Just before stars sparkle and blue sky retire.
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From Egypt to Turkey. The Egyptian Obelisk at the Constantinople Hippodrome.
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The façade of Saint Anthony de Padua Church tucked in Istiklal Caddesi, Beyoglu district.
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Balik Ekmek or fish sandwich. Freshly grilled fish fillet sandwich from Eminonu area.
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Ordinary day just off Galata Bridge, however a memory to cherish!
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Ortakoy Mosque, Bosphorus Strait under Bosphorus Bridge, linking Europe and Asia (mobile photo).
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Sun rays shine on 13th Century Deisis mosaic panel depicting Christ (with Virgin Mary and John the Baptist not in photo) at the Upper level of Hagia Sophia.
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Train, trams, but never taxi. I didn’t take a taxi cab on this trip.
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Found kindness on random street scene.
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Winter dark clouds over Hagia Sophia.
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What lies beneath. More than 300 pillars support the ceiling of Basilica Cistern.
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Unforgettable mornings at Sub Karakoy Hotel.
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Sampling sensational Simit for the first time! I loved it!
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The Monument of the Republic, Taksim Square.
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Boats where fish fillet sandwiches are grilled. I miss you, Eminonu, Istanbul!
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Inside Hagia Sophia.
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Those red trams again from Istiklal Caddesi.
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Joy atop Galata Tower!

Tesekkur ederim, Turkey! Seni seviyorum, Istanbul!

(Thank you, Turkey! I love you, Istanbul!)

*Full stories, more photos on my Istanbul Travel Blog Series that includes :

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8 thoughts on “ISTANBUL : SYNOPSIS IN 35 PHOTOS AND 3 DAYS

  1. You are so lucky to have 3 days here. Even that is not enough, I’m guessing a month will never be enough to discover every little treasure buried in every corner of this beautiful historic city. I wanna go there…..

    1. From a Turkish friend, Mehmet and a hotel staff, John, they affirmed that even a month would never suffice to explore and appreciate Istanbul. It’s a city that must be visited more than once and I hope to be back soon, hopefully next winter.

  2. Your coverage of Istanbul makes me want to go back and stay longer. I’ve only been there a day on a cruise stop. Btw, it is a delight to look at your photos…keep shooting.

    1. Hi Bert! I hope you’re not intoxicated with beer when you wrote those kind words. I’m kidding! You know how I respect you the most, Sir!

      I’m planning to go to South America in August!

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