Daily Archives: September 8, 2011

Persembe Pazari, Makbul Ibrahim Pasa Camii

Istanbul, Makbul Ibrahim Paşa Camii, Makbul Ibrahim Pasa Mosque, Persembe Pazari, Karakoy, pentax k10d, by ozgur ozkok

Istanbul, Makbul Ibrahim Paşa Camii, Makbul Ibrahim Pasa Mosque, Persembe Pazari, Karakoy, pentax k10d, by ozgur ozkok

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First impression and quick return to Istanbul

Some of my friends have asked me to tell stories about Istanbul. Having heard that I have visited Istanbul several times, they wonder if Istanbul really would be an interesting holiday destination. A considerable amount of Estonians annually visit well-known Turkish holiday resorts, but few have discovered Istanbul. For me Istanbul is a real treasure box. Every time I open this box, I’ll find something unexpected, thrilling. Honestly, it is difficult to tell one story about Istanbul.  Whether to focus on the Old Town, Bosphorus, fantastic mosques, tasty food, people? Where to begin?! Now I have time and space for my stories about this city. Thanks to Özgür, he offered me this opportunity.

Blue Mosque, Istanbul, by Eleka Rugam-Rebane

Blue Mosque, Istanbul, by Eleka Rugam-Rebane

My first rendezvous with Istanbul was rather confusing. It was one fine sunny day in April. I arrived from rather cool Tallinn (Estonia) after some hours flight and landed in the middle of a most vibrant city I´d ever seen. People, people, people everywhere. Nonstop flow. Random. Curiosity. Lot of police on the streets. Smells. Traffic. Music. Continue reading