I was impressed with Istanbul.  I’m sure there are few people who see the city that aren’t left at least slightly awed by how stunning it is.  But, to no one’s fault but my own, I really didn’t have a great story-worthy experience in Istanbul.  I loved getting down and relaxing on Galata Bridge with a warm apple tea in one hand and nargile in the other, even if it was bloody cold out.  I loved watching the people in Istanbul, there’s such an interesting collection of people there.  Initially, I liked the food too.  However, the taste of the food got fairly monotonous over time.  I honestly couldn’t wait to get some other style of cuisine after a couple days.  But most of all, I loved taking pictures in Istanbul.  It really is such an interesting place to try to capture.

Blue Mosque Istanbul

Each time I post one of these photo articles I feel like I’m letting you people down.  I swear, I’ll start posting travel adventure stories to go along with the photography shortly.  However, Europe has simply been way too easy for me.  As sad as it may be, I really do feel like I need to be shot at, hang out with Costa Rican Prostitutes, or stare a lion in the eye these days just to have a story to tell.  Europe is predictable, even places like Istanbul which certainly are more raw than the more dull cities like Vienna.

Anyways, I hope you enjoy the photos of Istanbul.  I focused most of my photography around the fairly touristy part of the city.  Don’t hang me for not getting more of the city in this set of pictures.  Turkey really is an intriguing country to me, and I hope to someday get back and photograph the other parts of the country, of which I’m sure are also worthy of some snaps.

Hagia Sofia Istanbul

Inside the beautiful Hagia Sofia. Shame it was under construction when we were there.

Hagia Sofia Istanbul

Hagia Sofia at dusk

shoe shiner Istanbul

A shoe shiner waiting for a client

Blue mosque inside Istanbul

Inside the Blue Mosque, the design is so beautiful.

woman Istanbul

A woman across from downtown Istanbul

cats Istanbul

Istanbul is full of cats.

corn vendor Istanbul

Selling corn on the cob.

Courtyard Blue Mosque Istanbul

Blue Mosque at Dusk

dog Istanbul

Maybe the coolest dog in Istanbul.

Blue Mosque Istanbul

The Blue Mosque as seen from the terrace of Ibrahim Pacha Hotel

Blue Mosque fountain Istanbul

The Blue Mosque behind the fountain.

teas Istanbul

Some teas in a market, including my favourite apple tea.


In front of one of the mosques.


In the yard of the Blue Mosque.

Kebab Istanbul

Kebab cook in Istanbul.


Istanbul as seen from Galata Bridge.


Another shot taken from Galata Bridge.


Grande Bazaar Istanbul

Inside the Grande Bazaar.

Galata Bridge

Galata Bridge

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