I have been in Turkey more than a week now and not posted about it. Frankly its so overwhelming when I look at my photo files that I don’t know where to start. But this afternoon I was sitting on a park bench in the old Topkapi palace complex as the sun started to go down and all of a sudden I realized it was going to be an absolutely glorious sunset. I got up and started walking, skipping and even running to the best view point. I reached it just after sunset but the views were as lovely as I could have wished. They also seem to make a great intro post to the city. So here are a number of beautiful views to be found on and around the Galata Bridge over the Golden Horn which connects the old Ottoman neighborhood and tourist center of Sultanahmet and the European stronghold of Beyoglu (which is where I am living.) Expect more beautiful posts to come soon.
New Construction – there is always work going on in Sultanahmet
Ottoman Legacy Hotel (also in Sutanamet.)
The car ferry getting ready to go across to the asian side.
That’s the Asian side in the background.
Mosque vs Traffic.
Looking across the Golden horn to the Galata Tower (that is the direction I live in)
Again, the New Mosque. New because it was begun in 1597.
I was not the only one who thought it a photogenic sunset.
The Galata bridge is on two levels. The lower level is all fish markets. The fish are caught by fishermen who stand on the pedestrain access of the top level.
Private boats for crossing the Horn.
Veggie market at the waters edge.
Official ferries crossing the water.
The Galata tower – relic of the Genovese colonial days.
Classic portable vendor. He goes where the people are.
Tiny informal fishing supply store on a busy street corner.
Since vendors own the sidewalks – people walk in the street.
Hiking up hill into the Galata neighborhood.