Winter in Istanbul: City images

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Saturday 08 August, 2015 by Uncle Spike

Time for some images of Istanbul, but this time from two continents.

To start off we have the famous Hydarpaşa train station. It’s a huge building, dating back to 1870. I personally have great memories from my days ‘courting’ (lol) when we would arrive and depart from this grand station enroute to/from Ankara. Unfortunately, there was a large roof fire back in 2010, but thankfully much of the building was saved. However, these days it is closed… a controversial move that remains to be resolved…

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Back on the European continent one day, I visited the Valide Sultan Mosque (Valide Sultan Camii), a large mosque right by the Eminonu ferries that was built in 1665. The pigeons are keen worshipers too I guess. 

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Almost opposite the mosque is where you’ll arrive having jumped on any ferry destined for Eminönü. Situated where The Golden Horn joins the Bosphorus, it’s right smack in the middle of things – that’s Galata Bridge in the background for instance. Of course, more importantly, you can buy fresh roasted chestnuts here too!

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Looking across the continents; from Europe to Asia.

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This day I walked some 20km around the streets of Istanbul, on both continents too. It was a dull and dreary day, sometimes rainy, but nevertheless an enjoyable ‘time out’ for me, and my camera 🙂 

Below is the reconstruction under way of the Beşiktaş Football Stadium, close to the stunning Dolmabahçe Palace.

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You gotta love this city!

Everywhere you turn there’s something different to see, and photograph.

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2 thoughts on “Winter in Istanbul: City images

  1. mvschulze says:

    You’re confusing me, Uncle Spike. Winter? Must be from 6 mos ago!

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