Saturday, July 27, 2013


Istenye, a set on Flickr.
My neighborhood (north this time.) There is a very steep hill that I walk down to get to the board walk. Steep and short. It feels like a gateway, a portal from Etiler to Bebek. Once on the boardwalk it is a piece of heaven. The fresh breeze off the clear fast flowing Bosphorus brushes you cool while you parade the wide pedestrian walkway. Enjoying the cacophony of water activity from the big tourist boats and vessels, to the frenzy of fisherman with their fibre glass rods  constantly reeling in their catch of small sardines. And in between are the swimmers who mostly sunbath and are exclusively men. A couple of miles up the road, where the pavement stops, is the demarcation between Bebek and Istenye. There are a group of tanned kids jostling in the water. Attentively supervised by grandfathers.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Bebek, a set on Flickr.

My neighborhood, Bebek between the two Bosphorus bridges on the European side.

Saturday, July 20, 2013


Bursa, a set on Flickr.

Bursa at the end of the the silk road is nondescript except if you go shopping for silk. It is located to the south of Istanbul across the Marmara sea. A 90 minute super fast ferry ride gets you there. The town itself livens up with a vegetable market. I like vegetables but....and then the oral market promised much and returned little. The gods are telling me to work.