I am staying in a hostel in Taksim for my last few days here. I have taken to sitting in my window with my camera and snapping candid snapshots of the people in my new hood. I am so loving this city. Below are some of the images I have shot during my last week. Some are from my window, some are not. All are little tastes of the things I love about this city.
There is an enormous stray cat population in Istanbul. This little guy was sitting in the doorway of the underground mosque in Karaköy.
Shot from the window of my hostel. This woman was basically doing what I was doing – watching the neighborhood go by from her window.
A couple of days ago, I took a boat ride up the Bosphorus. It was the first touristy thing I had done since my first week here. It was nice to be on the water, to see the landscapes and to watch the people relaxing.
This mother was showing her son how to feed pigeons. Feeding flocks of pigeons seems to be something that is common in every city I travel too.
One of the things that I love the most about this city are the community areas. All throughout the city are parks, squares and waterfronts where people gather, sit, drink. eat, and socialize together. Cheap outdoor entertainment that promotes community wellbeing. Love it.
Another shot from my boat ride. I love the reddish brown building.
I see this woman sitting on her balcony and watching the people below almost everyday. Her balcony is just across from my window.
There was something about this grandfather and granddaughter that I loved. I think it was the older generation caring for and guiding the younger one.
Being a predominantly Muslim country, women in head scarves are not an unusual sight. I just finally snapped a picture of one.
I find this city to be so enticing. Not just visually but in every sense. The sights, the smells, the sounds, the feel… I am deeply, madly in love with Istanbul. I can’t wait to live here.
Peace and Love.