With my “new” Smena 35, I finally embarked on my first photo-tour of Istanbul. This city has a dizzying daily life with all sorts of things that can happen in any normal day. Sounds interesting? Let me share with you my photos and my notes :)
My favorite route in Istanbul starts in Taksim Square which is considered as the heart of the city. It is famous for its touristy destinations, restaurants, night life, and the nostalgic tram that runs along the Istiklal Avenue which connects Galatea to Taksim Square.
At the end of Istiklal Avenue, you will find one of the world’s oldest underground metro system, the “Tunel”. After a short transfer to the Tunel you will then arrive at Karakoy, the modern name for the ancient Galatea. Pass by the Galatea Bridge before setting foot on the famous old town of Eminonu.
The Galatea Bridge crosses the Golden Horn into Eminonu and the mouth of the Bosphorus opens into the Marmara Sea. Up on the hill stands Topkapı Palace, the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii) and Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya). Eminonu covers the point on which the Byzantine capital was built.
The area is heaving with shoppers especially during weekends when people from all over the city come to look for the best discounts in clothing or plastic/wooden accessories, stationery, and cheap toys in the streets behind the Spice Bazaar. You will not find the classy boutiques of the big shopping centres here. The clientele in Eminönü is traditional and usually from the working class.
Simit is a circular bread with sesame seeds which is very common in Turkey, as well as in Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria, and other parts of the Balkans and Middle East such as Lebanon. Simit’s size, crunchiness/chewiness and other characteristics vary slightly by region. Simit is generally served plain usually during breakfast with tea, jelly, jam or cheese.