Wanderings Through Istanbul, Turkey

Wanderings Through Istanbul, Turkey

Come along with me as I wander through Istanbul, Turkey, one of the oldest and most exotic capitals cities in the world. #Istanbul #Turkey

It is an early weekday morning as I stare out the window of my yellow taxi passing a multitude of red and blue celebration flags. No matter how often I visit exotic Istanbul, Turkey, I always feel like there is something majestic and mysterious about it.

Come along with me as I wander through Istanbul, Turkey, one of the oldest and most exotic capitals cities in the world. #Istanbul #Turkey

Something wafting in the air that makes this place different than all the rest. Maybe it is the waves that lap up against the shores of both Europe and Asia, maybe it is the intriguing upside-down Medusa heads in the Basilica Cistern,

or the mix of major religions in the world… I don’t know… but it is a feeling I get every time.

Come along with me as I wander through Istanbul, Turkey, one of the oldest and most exotic capitals cities in the world. #Istanbul #Turkey

Turkey has long been a destination of intrigue for most Americans ad with Istanbul’s position of straddling two continents and its history of being the capital of the most powerful empires in the world, it certainly deserves this intrigue.

Come along with me as I wander through Istanbul, Turkey, one of the oldest and most exotic capitals cities in the world. #Istanbul #Turkey

The flag of Istanbul, Turkey

Come along with me as I wander through Istanbul, Turkey, one of the oldest and most exotic capitals cities in the world. #Istanbul #Turkey

Wanderings Through Istanbul, Turkey

With a turn of my head, I see the Hagia Sophia, a truly unique and important masterpiece as the only building complex in the world that has known the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires.

Come along with me as I wander through Istanbul, Turkey, one of the oldest and most exotic capitals cities in the world. #Istanbul #Turkey

I try with all my might to go back in time and imagine myself there during the tumultuous times, as the commuter traffic whizzes by with passengers on their iPhones who seem unaware of the history of this place.

Come along with me as I wander through Istanbul, Turkey, one of the oldest and most exotic capitals cities in the world. #Istanbul #Turkey

Come along with me as I wander through Istanbul, Turkey, one of the oldest and most exotic capitals cities in the world. #Istanbul #Turkey

We are near the Byzantine Golden Gate, from the 5th century, whose Walls of Constantinople are a series of stone partitions that once protected this city since its founding as the capital of the Roman Empire.

 

Wanderings Through Istanbul, Turkey

Wanderings Through Istanbul, Turkey

Soon I see the Golden Horn, the major urban waterway and the primary inlet of the Bosphorus and know that I am close the apartment I had rented.

Come along with me as I wander through Istanbul, Turkey, one of the oldest and most exotic capitals cities in the world. #Istanbul #Turkey

 

After just arriving, I was tired and ready for some relaxing sleep.  I had just gotten out of the shower, having slipped into a bathrobe, when suddenly I started to hear a few ”pop” sounds from outside.  Loud “pops”, like firecrackers.  Then I heard some more and then, even more go off.  I decided to throw on some clothes and see what all the commotion was going on outside. Downstairs at the bar, overlooking the Bosphorus, I saw one of the most magical fireworks show I have ever seen.  I honestly have not seen anything like it since! It was spectacular!

Amazing fireworks show on the Bosporus river in Istanbul, Turkey

Amazing fireworks show on the Bosporus river in Istanbul, Turkey

Ended up I was there on Republic’s Day, the day that commemorates the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey in 1923!

Wanderings Through Istanbul, Turkey

It is a celebration that lasts for 35 hours every year and there was a huge party in the street! I ended up getting caught up in all the celebration and forgetting how tired I was, as it was a beautiful evening that seemed like it went on forever.

Wanderings Through Istanbul, Turkey

Wanderings Through Istanbul, Turkey

The next day, well, really mid-day, I awoke and I ended up spending a lot of time wandering aimlessly and taking hundreds of photos and then managed to do half the things I had planned to do.

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But hey, I am on vacation!

Wanderings Through Istanbul, Turkey

 

Come along with me as I wander through Istanbul, Turkey, one of the oldest and most exotic capitals cities in the world. #Istanbul #Turkey

Wanderings Through Istanbul, Turkey

Come along with me as I wander through Istanbul, Turkey, one of the oldest and most exotic capitals cities in the world. #Istanbul #Turkey

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