The Bosphorus strait separating Europe and Asia


View from the Aya Yorgi Church on Büyükada Island (part of the Princes' Islands group of islands)


Knitting in a square near the Blue Mosque


Small ferry crossing the sea between Büyükada Island and mainland Asia


View of the city from the First Bosphorus Bridge


Street on Büyükada Island


Crowds waiting for the Turkey-Croatia Euro 2008 game in the lively district around Taksim square


Evening in Kadiköy


Cat kebab


Archer pawns - a slightly odd interpretation of chess


Street vendor selling midye dolmasi (mussels stuffed with rice and various vegetables and spices)


Clouds in the mist - the sky near Istanbul


Cold orange juice squeezed on the spot: 1 Turkish Lira


Corn on the cob - 1 YTL


Locals in the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii)


The courtyard of the Blue Mosque


It's an underpass... but it's also a bicycle store.


The underpass under the intersection of Macar Kardeþler Caddesi and Atatürk Boulevard


A C.M.O.T Dibbler-like salesman in the middle of a sale




A fish kebab place


On the shore of the Sea of Marmara (Marmara Denizi)


The district Eminönü (with the Rüstem Pasa mosque) and the Galata Bridge as seen from a Bosphorus ferry


Evening in Kadiköy


Levent, the financial district of Istanbul


High quality advertising




Family in the gardens next to the Hagia Sophia mosque


The European half of Istanbul as seen from a commuter ferry


Assembling a fish kebab




Turkish flag on the Haldun Taner Theatre on the Kadiköy seaside


Crowds celebrating Turkey's Euro 2008 win (they were still one goal down a few minutes from the end) over Croatia - the procession of cars went on until around 3am


Street backgammon


Collecting rubbish isn't the easiest job in Istanbul - because authorities are afraid of terrorist attacks, bins (in which bombs have been placed before) are rare in several parts of town


The port of Büyükada - the island is short ferry ride from the Eminönü and Kadiköy districts


Turkish tea is made very differently for the Western way of infusing tea in hot water for a few minutes


Google Maps on a dental monitor


Rathet shoddy ads, including a Hewlett-Packard one


The Hagia Sophia mosque




On the First Bosphorus Bridge that connects Europe and Asia over the Bosphorus strait


Bus driver discussing trip details at Sabiha Gökçen International Airport


Almost 40-year-old Hungarian-made 'Ikarus' buses are still in service at IETT, the local public transport company


Waiting by the bull in Kadiköy


Sitting at a waterfront cafe in Kadiköy is a great place to watch the world go by


Vintage tram in Kadiköy, a neighbourhood on the Asian (Anatolian) side of Istanbul




According to our local friend brightly coloured headscarves (which are traditionally meant to hide the wearer's features) are a political statement: the wearer supports the political party that wants to tie state and religion closer together (which is not allowed in secular Turkey)


McDonald's delivery


A modern toilet in Turkey is nothing to sneeze at


Life on Büyükada Island


Evening on a pier in Kadiköy


Hookahs hanging outside a cafe on Büyükada Island


Turkish bath plate


Slightly curious plates


The Haydarpaºa railway station in Üsküdar and the view across Bosphorus


Warming up a hookah (sisha) in a cafe in the Fatih district - in the background shelves full of books and cages with lots of birds


Simit (a pretzel-like snack with sesame seed) sold from a mobile cart


Public transport


Rabbits used to attract the attention of potential customers


An inventive way to clean the streets


Freelancing rubbish collector


By the Sea of Marmara (Marmara Bölgesi)


People getting out of a so-called dolmus - it's halfway between a bus and a taxi (has a fixed destination but you can get on anywhere, you just have to signal)


Fast and inexpensive ferry service between Kadiköy (Asia) and Eminönü (Europe) operated by the public transport company; and you can even buy tea on it


Speedboat with endlessly sprawling Istanbul in the background


Corn on the cob vendor


Street life


A fairly typical Istanbul street


Life in Kadiköy


A public gym in the street (next to a playground)


Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii), also known as the Blue Mosque


Sultanahmet Camii (the Blue Mosque), named after Sultan Ahmed I, is one of the most important religious sites in Turkey


The domes of the Blue Mosque


The Bosphorus Strait (also known as the Istanbul Strait) with Europe on the other side


Commuters heading home




Masses of oil tankers parked by the Anatolian (Asian) side of Istanbul


Taxis and the Taksim district in the background


Traditional Turkish tea glasses and hookahs


The ticket offices of the Istanbul tram






Ad-hoc contraflow lane implemented by this cyclist on a 4-lane road


The Sea of Marmara


Mussel vendor


At the highest point of Büyükada Island


Mansion on Büyükada island


The Princes' Islands are poles apart from the incredible bustle of mainland Istanbul


Tying tissues to a bush's branches is believed to cause wishes to be fulfilled


Street life in Fatih


Beautiful wooden building on the Princes' Islands

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