Friday, June 02, 2006

 

Istanbul trip April 2006

New pictures from our (Magda and Alok that is) trip to Istanbul (April 2006). We spent only few days there and it was rainign for most of our trip, but it was fun, especially the Grand Bazaar. I don't know why I like huge colorful, full of mostly useless trinkets markets but I do... I just love Turkish food and sweets--we ate there like there was no tomorrow.
As we mainly stayed in old turistic Istanbul, filled of course with all the foreigners stereotypes of how Istanbul and turks look and act like, I kept wondering if younger more modern Turks try to put a distance between themselves and the mirage city enacted for Westerners.
When I go to such turist magnet places, I cannot but compare them with Bucharest, the perfect anti-tourist city: not that there are no tourist attractions here (or that tourist attractions cannot be "manufactured" here as well), but Bucharest has every big city's disdain for tourists, and unlike other big cities it enforces it. I mean one can not even find a little Romanian flag as a souvenir in this city...

 

Blue Mosque Posted by Picasa

 

Interior of Blue Mosque Posted by Picasa

 

Blue Mosque by night Posted by Picasa

 

This is the main boulevard of teh Grand Bazaar --the gold stores are located on it. There are sevral tens of smaller streets that start from this main artery on each side, where the busy Western tourist can find over pcied Turkish pottery, scarves, ceramics, carpets, bags, etc etc Posted by Picasa

 

Gold store on the main "boulevard" of the Grand Bazaar. I have never seen this much gold in one place eve... Imagine 1 km of gold stores on each side of the boulevard... Posted by Picasa

 

Grand Bazaar Posted by Picasa

 

Grand Bazaar Posted by Picasa

 

Grand Bazaar Posted by Picasa

 

Intersection in the Big Bazaar Posted by Picasa

 

One of the hundreds of gold stores in the Big Bazaar Posted by Picasa

 

Spice Bazaar Posted by Picasa

 

Spice Bazaar Posted by Picasa

 

Spices, Spice (Egyptian) Bazaar Posted by Picasa

 

Spices in the Spice Bazaar Posted by Picasa

 

Aya Sophia - for those of u that dotn know, Aya Sophia was a Byzantine church that when Constanipole fell was transformed into a mosque. It's really an imporessive building. Unfortunately I dont have pics of the interior... Posted by Picasa

 

Blue mosque Posted by Picasa

 

Blue mosque and tree... Posted by Picasa

 

Blue mosque Posted by Picasa

 

Asia meets Europe really... behind us is the bridge between Europe and Asia... Posted by Picasa

 

my favorite picture of the Istanbul--this si really what i think Istanbul looks like, the Istanbul of the Ottoman Empire and of the miniaturists. However, this is not really what modern Istanbul looks like, but here and there, there is a glimpse of old... Posted by Picasa

 

random pic of fishes--unfortunately this time we didnt go to the fish market and restaurants area... Posted by Picasa

 

see comment below (same street) Posted by Picasa

 

I dont remember the name of this very popular street -- but it's off Taksim street, and the most poplar Sunday hang-out place for Turks in Instanbul. Kinda like a 5th avenue street I guess... Posted by Picasa

 

Taksim square Posted by Picasa

 

Taksim square Posted by Picasa

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