Snow looks so good on Blue Mosque.
The Blue Mosque or Sultanahmet Mosque up close sans snow. Colossal. Iconic. Stunning!
The heritage tram that plies along Istiklal Caddessi to Taksim Square in Beyoglu district.
When the German Fountain at Sultanahmet Square was blanketed by snow.
Iznik tiles in floral patterns adorned the interiors of domes of the Blue Mosque.
Sub Karakoy Hotel : Where I savored restful sleep and indulged in uncomplicated hospitality.
First Turkish feathered friend I’ve met atop Galata Tower.
Staring contest with the upside-down Medussa base-pillar inside Basilica Cistern.
AyaSofya or Hagia Sophia. Homage to once Orthodox Church turned mosque, now a museum.
Men with fishing rods in Galata Bridge. The cold didn’t bother them anyway.
My spontaneous attempt to look the part of an Ottoman sultan.
Istiklal Caddesi, you became one of my favorite streets in the world!
Snow-capped domes of Hagia Sofia.
Thankful to experience that 140-year-old-subway tram from Karakoy to Istiklal Caddesi.
European side from Galata Bridge. Istanbul skyline is crowned by domes and I don’t hate it.
Lunch at Sultan Restaurant just off Sultanahmet Mosque.
Galata Tower at dusk.
The view from Galata Tower. Just before stars sparkle and blue sky retire.
From Egypt to Turkey. The Egyptian Obelisk at the Constantinople Hippodrome.
The façade of Saint Anthony de Padua Church tucked in Istiklal Caddesi, Beyoglu district.
Balik Ekmek or fish sandwich. Freshly grilled fish fillet sandwich from Eminonu area.
Ordinary day just off Galata Bridge, however a memory to cherish!
Ortakoy Mosque, Bosphorus Strait under Bosphorus Bridge, linking Europe and Asia (mobile photo).
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.
Train, trams, but never taxi. I didn’t take a taxi cab on this trip.
Found kindness on random street scene.
Winter dark clouds over Hagia Sophia.
What lies beneath. More than 300 pillars support the ceiling of Basilica Cistern.
Unforgettable mornings at Sub Karakoy Hotel.
Sampling sensational Simit for the first time! I loved it!
The Monument of the Republic, Taksim Square.
Boats where fish fillet sandwiches are grilled. I miss you, Eminonu, Istanbul!
Inside Hagia Sophia.
Those red trams again from Istiklal Caddesi.
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 :
- My Travel Checklist and Turkey Tourist Visa Requirements for Filipinos in Dubai
- Sub Karakoy Hotel : My Home in Turkey
- Galata Tower At Sunset
- Sultanahmet District : Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Basilica Cistern
- Istiklal Caddesi, Taksim Square, Karakoy in Beyoglu, Eminonu and Ortakoy