Exploring Istanbul

Tired of the flight and of the evening exploring of the city, we have fallen tired into our bed. Despite this, we're having trouble falling asleep, since noise was coming from a nearby construction site, hotel room was too warm and the caffeine of the evening coffee still did not want to dispel. The next day we woke up into a cold but sunny morning. In order not to waste time, we quickly got dressed and went for a hearty breakfast. The hotel had a really great offer of traditional dishes. Our hotel was in the middle of the old town. This was great, since it was just a few minutes away from the main tourist attractions. This way I also could take advantage of the morning light to take some photos of the nearby Blue Mosque and Haggia Sophia.

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The Blue Mosque in the morning light.

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And Haggia Sophia. In the background incoming dark clouds.

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Interesting architecture, which seemed to me quite atypical for Istanbul.

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Just across the street was the Basilica cistern. It is one of hundreds of underground "tanks" or pools in Istanbul, which served to store water. Ib the photo is the column with the face of Medusa.
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The interior is fascinating. The lights do their magic.

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Symmetry.

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Nearby store with traditional lamps. They really know how to squeeze the last empty space out of the store.

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Restoration.

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Morning bakery products.

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Old woman.

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The entrance to the Grand Bazaar, which is the largest market in Istanbul. It contains 61 covered streets with 3,000 stores where you can find everything.

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My view attracted artfully crafted pipes.

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View along the main street in the Bazaar. It is really worth to take extra time to take photos here, since the bazaar provides really a lot of motifs. However, it is somewhat difficult, since adept traders are trying to sell their products.

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Jewelry is one of the important parts of the Bazaar.

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And of course, traditional tea and coffee pots and tools.

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Between streets I found a beautiful atrium, which offered some peace from the crowds in the Bazaar.

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Crowded.

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The look.

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Direction.

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Hats.

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Master of the turntables. I photographed this man for about 20 minutes to get the desired composition.

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Handmade.

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Helmet halfway on the head.

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Shoe shop.

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The main street outside of Bazaar was completely crowded.

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Clothing.

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Kebab and Tea Caddy. The latter delivers fresh tea to the vendors.

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Negotiations.

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Hanging...

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Street sale.

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Street portrait.

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A little further and we get to Spice bazaar.

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Spices.

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There can be also found dried fruits.

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And all kinds of teas.

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And of course, accessories for preparing tea and coffee.

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Sellers waiting for customers.