A brief visit to Istanbul, captured in 25 photos, some predictable, others less so. Without any claim to give a complete overview of this enormous city.
Istanbul doesn’t really fit in this blog. We know it fairly well, from several earlier visits, and we enjoy it every time again. This time, we stayed in Taksim; we did some shopping, walked to the Grand Bazaar in the old town and took a boat ride on the Bosphorus, nothing else. Photos suffice.
Taksim has lots of old buildings, many well-maintained, or patched up; and even though it is a little touristic, sometimes, it is nice to see.
Istanbul is also the city of mosques, a familiar sight; but bins are less so.
Red parasols of the roof terraces line Taksim Square.
There is no lack of food in the streets of Taksim, fresh fruits as well as the biggest kebaps you’ll ever see.
Big and small: a big castle along the Bosphorus and a small food stall in Taksim; funny, how red is the dominating colour in both.
The Grand Bazaar, a huge labyrinth of corridors and passages, where I could easily spend a day looking people and merchandise.
Not surprisingly, the Grand Bazaar is home to all sorts of retail, glistering and colourful.
It is kind of incredible that the first bridge across the Bosphorus was only completed in 1973. This one, the second, was opened 15 years later, much later than the small mosque right underneath.
The Bosphorus is lined with mansions and palaces, built long before they got overshadowed by enormous bridges.
Big and small: huge container ships negotiate their way through the narrow Bosphorus, guided by bouys that provide space for the occasional cormorant.
Along the Bosphorus, there are many 19th Century palaces, the one even bigger and more elaborate than the other.