After I moved to Istanbul in 2006, a Turk named Mehmet told me that one day the European Union would beg Turkey to join. That day may be soon. Turkey is booming in the midst of Europe’s current economic crisis, and Istanbul was recently named by the Financial Times as the #1 liveable city in the world.
In 2009, I moved to Bali. Three years later, I still consider Istanbul one of my “homes”. Last week I returned from a whirlwind business trip to Old Constantinople. Here are a few visual memories from my 10 days there.
Photos were shot with an iPhone 4.
Sunrise on the Bosphorus
A Turkish lamp shop on Yuksek Kaldirim Caddesi near Galata Tower
Turkish teapot in my apartment
the making of manti in Balat
fresh squeezed juice for sale on Istiklal Cadessi
durum and fresh juice for sale on Istiklal Cadessi
alley off of Istiklal Cadessi
Trolley on Istiklal Cadessi, a 2 mile long pedestrian (mostly ) walkway in modern Istanbul
Istiklal Cadessi, the dining and entertainment center of Istanbul
Islamic gravestone at Cihangir Mosque
Olives and tea, quintessential Turkey
Lunar eclipse over the Bosphorus Bridge
The view of Sultanahmet from Terrace Three