ISTANBUL, WHERE THE FOX GOES BACK, 2017
|Istanbul and Galata, Matrakçı Nasuh, 1537|
Even though its beauty is fading because of immigration and urbanization, with its deep history hidden under each brick and cobblestone it will continue to surprise us for many years to come.
|Vefa Boza shop|
|Vefa Kilise Camii - Molla Gürani Camii, Church-Mosque of Vefa |
|Reflection of the lattice windows in Süleymaniye Mosque|
|Courtyard in Süleymaniye Mosque|
|Candy Seller in Kadiköy|
|Shop front in Kadiköy|
|Simitçi - Traditional Turkish pastry|
|Sherbets, in a candy shop in Kadiköy|
|Sahaflar - old book sellers, near Grand Bazaar|
It was Friday noon time when we were at Sahaflar. The sacred praying time for Muslims. A old man approached us with a paper bag full of halka, a type of hollow bakery and offered us some, saying that it is a tradition on Fridays to share. It is nice to be reminded how sweet the locals can be.
|Macun şeker, Turkish toffee paste seller in Karaköy|
|Tram from Karaköy to Beyoğlu|
|Permanent Coffee Exhibit at the Pera Museum|
Afterwards we look at large books with old photographs of Istanbul at the Pera Palace and have tea served in silver pots, how elegant we look! Pera Palace or Hotel Jumeirah, "the oldest European hotel of Turkey" was built in 1892 for the purpose of hosting the passengers of the Orient Express.
|Mom and daughter at Pera Palace|
As my daughter says, "in Turkey tea is not a drink, it is an event". Tea is like a magic word that connects people. From the morning till the evening you keep hearing the chime of the tea cups with tiny bellies and invitations to tea.
One of the magical journeys that the Bosphorus offers is an early ferry ride from Kadıköy to Sariyer, where you can have tea by the small cafe next to the pier. The owner has many stories to tell about his sea gulls, cats, dogs and mice. A 10 minute walk will take you to the Sadberk Hanım Museum, another amazing place to be surrounded with Turkish history.
Rumeli Hisarı, on an early morning ferry tour from Kadiköy to Sarıyer
|After a few tiny cups of tea, we are enjoying the Turkish coffee in Sarıyer|
|Dried sardines in Sarıyer|
|Bird feed seller in front of the Yeni Cami - New Mosque in Eminönü|
|Corn Seller in front of the Yeni Cami - New Mosque in Eminönü|
|Shoe polisher in front of the Yeni Cami - New Mosque in Eminönü|