Here are four views of Istanbul that I took about two years ago. We have been there a couple of times over the years and it is a fascinating place where we have met a diverse range of people from all over the world. We have made a great and lasting friend, met and had coffee with a British Admiral, photographed the tailor who has made all the shirts for the James Bond movies, and many many other hugely interesting people. The showmanship of the restauranteurs is second to none and a simple walk down the street can be an epic event.
If you have not been there, you really should try it.
The Ayasofya was built around 537 and was a Greek orthodox Christian church until 1453 when it was converted to a mosque. You could spend days exploring its rooms and corridors and soaking up its history.
Tram tracks in the streets of Istanbul.
After a couple of days we opted to have breakfast on the roof of our hotel. So glad we did. This is just a small wedge of the 360degree view from our table.
This shot speaks for itself. Mostly the streets are less congested than this and easy to navigate, but at certain times it it probably better to find a cafe and let the world pass by.