In this week’s round-up of our ‘photo a day project’, we wake up in sunny Istanbul and get straight to our first order of business in any new place: getting lost.
Photo a day project: April 7th 2014. Good morning Istanbul. Waking up to the morning call to prayer and looking out on a sunny bright day is all the enticement we need to explore this wondrous city. Oh, and the promise of great coffee and Turkish delight also helps.
Photo a day project: April 8th 2014. Slowing down. It may be a populated city, but Istanbul's hilly streets are full of quiet pockets of calmness; where time stands still and the tea is never too far away. We like it!
Photo a day project: April 9th 2014. All aboard. The “nostalgic” or heritage tram on Istanbul's European side may only run along a 1.6km stretch, but their isn't a lack of customers for the short ride. Trams were reintroduced to Istanbul in 1990 after a 24-year hiatus in an effort to stem congestion and pollution. A similar heritage line reopened on the Asian side in 2003. The old-style trams have proved immensely popular with tourists who can be seen trying to time their selfies as the dinging cars trundle by.
Photo a day project: April 10th 2014. Antique, vintage, pre-loved, second-hand, used or recycled. Call it what you will, but as lovers of unique finds, Istanbul is a collector's paradise.
Photo a day project: April 11th 2014. Spanning continents. Physically dividing the continents of Europe and Asia, the Bosphorus Strait has been an important and strategic trading route since ancient times. Additionally splitting modern-day Turkey and the major city of Istanbul in two, crossing the water is all part of everyday life here.
Photo a day project: April 12th 2014. Financial steps. Commissioned by the house of Camondo, a prominent Jewish banking family, the art-nouveau styled Camondo stairway elegantly winds its way up to the banking district in Istanbul and has been photographed by such notable photographers as Henri Cartier-Bresson and now the Nomads. ;)
Photo a day project: April 13th 2014. Sultanahmet Camii. Better known in English as the Blue Mosque due to the stunning blue tiles that line its inner walls, this 17th century World Heritage wonder is still very much an active place of worship.
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What did you get up to this week?