So, Istanbul, Turkey; the historical crossroads between Europe and Asia and the starting point of our big 4-6 month trip. The city holds 14.1 million people, stradling the Bospohorus , the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. It’s well thought position or location has led it to prosper throughout history, with being the capital of four different empires. Today, it has become truly big and metropolitian, though old world Istanbul can still be found by seeking out religious monuments, bazaars, listening for the calls to prayer and tiny nooks and crannies holding colorful favorites, such as the Blue Eye.
In total, we spent 9 days in Istanbul and found the city absolutely incredible. Almost every one of the 9 days, we spent walking somewhere between 10-30 miles; and the reward was the fact that we got to see so much of Istanbul. From Taksin square, to Kadikoy, to most every religious house of worship, we saw so much. The photograph above is of the inside of the Sutan Ahmed Mosque, more commonly known as the Blue Mosque. While, I would have loved to capture this moment at the time of prayer, it seemed a bit too invasive, so I opted for an off time. The Mosque itself is absolutly beautiful, with tiles and colors that keep your eyes amused.
Istanbul is a truly captivating city where every one of your human senses is intrigued and then rewarded.