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

     

Business

     

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

     

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

     

Istanbul

     

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

     

Fashion

     

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

     

Legs

     

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

     

Kadiköy

     

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

     

Tourists

     

Traffic

     

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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