I was enamored with Istanbul. All I had ever heard was how fabulous it was, this ancient city, capital of multiple empires, and I was so excited to be there. I was only there a week, but I missed it when I left. As my friend said, "its the type of place that you miss".
It's a hard to describe place, and I don't even know how
to explain why I liked it so much.
So, as my generation does, I googled some quotes to see if other people know how to describe this city.
If the earth was a single state, Istanbul would be its capital.Napoleon Bonaparte
Of course, these could all be entirely made up, since I just found them on this man's blog . Sorry that I won't be fact checking for this blog post, I have crafts to make for the letter R for my pre-school class...
But they are well said, these hopefully real quotes, the name Istanbul IS an enchanting one. I arrived in a snow storm, and Istanbul to me will always be strong, hot tea, cold winds, and the sounds of the call to prayer. Also, creepy Santa robots, because I was there over Christmas.
But enough of my hopeless word-smithing - some photos!
A mosque at night
The Blue Mosque in the snow
Ceiling of the Blue Mosque
This cat was unsure about letting us shop in his store.
I was obsessed with these beautiful lamps in the Grand Bazaar.
Fishermen were out in force, even in the cold!
We went to an island of 102 cats.
Sunset ferry ride on the Bosphorus
He danced and sang!