Istanbul Under the sun of November

Fes and Istanbul, two escapades for All Saints’ day!

Hotel in Istanbul

Istanbul, so far, so near

Constantinople, Istanbul… these names evoke the Eastern power and record. Future capital apitale European of the culture in 2010, Istanbul did not lose anything of its last splendour. One unloads with in this city in the steps of Pierre Loti, nourished myths attached to Byzance and brilliant quoted of Soliman the Magnificent. In turn Roman, Byzantine, Christian, laic Moslem woman then, it keeps many testimonys of her splendour passed, when it chaired the destinies of one hundred people, Balkans to the Persian Gulf and the Caucasus in Egypt.

Istanbul
Blue Mosque, Instanbul

Istanbul, Saint SophieToday, Istanbul lost its statute of capital, but it remains the window of Turkey on Europe. In 2010, it will be “Capital European of the culture”. After the rural migration of the peasants of Anatolia, Russians, Ukrainians, Bulgares and Uzbek revive antiques shopping streets. The effervescence which one feels in this mégapole at the frantic rate/rhythm must much with this mixing: innumerable trades of street, troops of employees going to work, infernal circulation, scents frays of the markets. The city gives the impression of an urban monster, animated by the to and from of the boats on the Bosphorus. But Istanbul spares pauses, brackets… It is by tasting a fish roasted on the quays, by going up the Bosphorus in boat, by smoking the narghile or by tasting sprinkled meze raki that you will approach the daily reality of Stambouliotes.

Blue Mosque Istanbul

Blue Mosque Istanbul

Practical note: To leave:

Turkish Airlines propose several daily flights from Paris and Brussels several flights weekly from Geneva, Strasbourg, Nice and Lyon to Istanbul.

Time difference: + 1 hour compared to France in summer as in winter.

Language: Turkish

Currency: New delivers Turkish (NLT) 1 euro = 2 N.L.T.

Climate: In summer, the city has a hot and wet climate , in winter, good weather makes place with a small very refreshing drizzle and a few days of snow.

The Grand Bazar Istanbul Turkey

The Grand Bazar Istanbul Turkey

Istanbul

Istanbul

Istanbul Architectures

Istanbul Architectures

Istanbul Bosphore

Istanbul Bosphore

Blue Mosque

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4 Responses to “Istanbul Under the sun of November”

  1. myavuzselim says:

    The mosque at the first picture is not Saint Sophie.

  2. Zara says:

    Yeahh, your definitely correct, being corrected already.
    Thanks

  3. i am livng yo istanbul. I want to say to you somethings about istanbul, istanbul very nice city for all world. And historical city . (older roma). Now istanbul very big city , living 15milion people. And tradecity . If you have enought time and enought money i prefer to you come istanbul and visit here please.

  4. SpUDSY Awesome blog post.Much thanks again. Want more.

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