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October 25th 2008
Published: February 15th 2009
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Photographs from our recent trip to Istanbul (October 2008)

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Boats in EminonuBoats in Eminonu
Boats in Eminonu

With Suleymaniye Mosque in the background.
Galata TowerGalata Tower
Galata Tower

From Galata Bridge - men with little better to do try their luck in the waters of the Golden Horn.
Turkish coffeeTurkish coffee
Turkish coffee

Or kahve as it is called here.

Numerous ferries ply the myriad routes across the Golden Horn and Bosphorus.
The New MosqueThe New Mosque
The New Mosque

Yeni Cami - the name is a little misleading: the mosque was inaugurated in 1665!
Ferries and MinaretsFerries and Minarets
Ferries and Minarets

Istanbul in one picture.
Up the Bosphorus we goUp the Bosphorus we go
Up the Bosphorus we go

The Turkish flag and a blue sky, nice juxtaposed.
Perched on a hillPerched on a hill
Perched on a hill

North of the Golden Horn, Istanbul is built on a series of rather steep hills.
Dolmabahce PalaceDolmabahce Palace
Dolmabahce Palace

Erstwhile nerve centre of the huge Ottoman Empire.
Ortakoy MosqueOrtakoy Mosque
Ortakoy Mosque

A beautiful neo-Baroque right on the waters of the Bosphorus and practically under the Bosphorus Bridge.
The Bosphorus BridgeThe Bosphorus Bridge
The Bosphorus Bridge

Or Bogazici Koprusu in Turkish. A dramatic road link between Europe and Asia.

Built in the 15th century, the fortress is a reminder of the historical importance of these straits.
Northern suburbsNorthern suburbs
Northern suburbs

The dozens of little fishing villages lining the European shore of the Bosphorus now merge with Istanbul's northern suburbs.
Rumeli KavagiRumeli Kavagi
Rumeli Kavagi

A tiny village, the last stop before lunch on our little jaunt up the Bosphorus.
Istanbul in the distanceIstanbul in the distance
Istanbul in the distance

From the top of the hill in Anadolu Kavagi. Narrow straits indeed!
Passing throughPassing through
Passing through

Countless enormous ships - container vessels, tankers - pass through these straits on a daily basis.
Yeni CamiYeni Cami
Yeni Cami

In the foreground, ablution fountains for performing "abdest".
Zincirli Han in the Grand BazaarZincirli Han in the Grand Bazaar
Zincirli Han in the Grand Bazaar

One of the bazaar's many "han" or open courtyards: refuges from the hustle and bustle...for a moment at least.

27th February 2009

Great photos!
Wow, you've really captured the essence and feeling of the Turkish market!! I love the colour and feel of the Turkish markets, especially when you haggle and feel like you've bought a bargain! Even more impressive is that even the Turkish is spelt correctly! What kinds of things did you buy from the Market?

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