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Old Posted May 3, 2019, 2:51 AM
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ISTANBUL | a love story

I've been meaning to post these pictures for a long time. I love Istanbul and want to share how dynamic, unique, vibrant and full of contrasts the city is with everyone I can. Being half Turkish I find myself there often and these pictures were collected over multiple trips. My family isn't from Istanbul but they like many others were drawn in for the many factors that pull so many people to Turkeys cultural and economic hub for their chance at living the Turkish dream. I often want to drop everything and move there because in Istanbul I feel at home and the energy the city has is truly addictive.

I feel like these pictures show a very comprehensive tour of the city from transit oriented new towns on the urban fringe to inner city historic neighborhoods that most tourists see when they visit.

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Istanbul is an amazing metropolis.
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this is nuts. in that FAVORITE CITY IN THE WORLD thread, though i've never been here, it could be a contender. i'd dump out all of my clothes and fill a suitcase with spices.

in this GET ANYTHING ANYWHERE WORLD just finding reasonably priced basic aleppo pepper can still be a pain in north america.
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this is like the form of the french concession in shanghai, while other shots look like san franciscos grandpa, and yet again something entirely different in others.
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Goodness, it looks so much like Constantinople that you have to wonder how anyone ever tells the two apart!
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Holy cow Istanbul just moved up my Bucket List.
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So many great pics of one of my favourite cities (and country) ; thanks for posting them!
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Great photos! I miss Istanbul, I'd love to go back! Beautiful city, and the rest of Turkey is beautiful as well!
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I mostly clicked on this thread to see if there would be any cats. Glad to see I wasn't disappointed.
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Impressive city!
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WOW! Phenomenal! Embarrassingly, I'd never really seen anything but the most obvious photos of Istanbul. You know what it looks like? It looks like the city at the end of Europe, which is, of course, exactly what it is.
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nice to see and a great thread. we love istanbul and turkey and have visited several times, but last visit coming into town on the first plane in after the airport bombing, then the people in the city acting all odd and like what are you doing here, and then later leaving town on the very morning of the coup attempt day was just a bit too unnerving. even my turk people here in ny told us to stay away for awhile. that was quite an unusual time though of course, previous visits were 100% awesome. so i hope things are more settled now, at least for non-turk travelors, because everyone should visit if they can.


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Goodness, it looks so much like Constantinople that you have to wonder how anyone ever tells the two apart!

only the byzantions can tell, but then again that's nobodies business but the turks!
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Great tour! Istanbul seems to have a very nice mix of old and new architecture. The narrow streets and hilly terrain in the older parts of the city create a lot of additional character. And like Centropolis said, a lot of these photos give off an ancient San Francisco vibe.
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Thank you for the tour!

I'll be the third person to say it has a SF vibe to it...and everything else seems to be a mix of Paris, Soviet(old and new Russia) and a hodgepodge of everything in between. Incredibly interesting place.
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Wow what a city. Even though you seem to visit only only in the colder months (a festival/ public holiday time?) the place is dazzling.

And so huge and multi-faceted, so many different districts and eras, palaces, parks, mosques, churches, shrines - it really is where east meets west. Istanbul is a striking mix of Rome, San Francisco and Aleppo.

I'd love to see more people shots, and the Grand Bazaar (world's biggest tourist attraction).
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Great thread. It oozes diverse architecture, widely European, though.
Some buildings look like high-end Paris.

It is also distinctive for all these domestic cats freely wandering the city, which must be absolutely unique in the world for such a large city, and an excellent sign.
When your city can afford to have cats strolling the streets without fear, you're lucky as a pretty girl.

I don't want to be a troll, but really, if only the Muslim world in general wasn't so influenced by the dark side, namely silly bigotry and sectarianism, the rest of Europe that's much more liberal wouldn't be scared of them, then this would be a great part of the EU already.

Whatever, I enjoyed the pictures and cityscape.
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When I see the images of Istanbul, I remember the Taksim square
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Such an amazing city, but wow is most of that new development ever tacky as hell.
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I don't want to be a troll, but really, if only the Muslim world in general wasn't so influenced by the dark side, namely silly bigotry and sectarianism, the rest of Europe that's much more liberal wouldn't be scared of them, then this would be a great part of the EU already.
To be fair, back in the heady days when Turkey was strictly secular, Istanbul was dubbed the hippest city in the world and wearing the veil was banned in public positions, we were still blocking their every attempt to integrate with the EU. In a way the repeated moves to thwart their economic legacy led to the rise of Erdogan, his business empire and his cronies, now steadily chipping away at the secular constitution. Turkey's had to pivot to Asia now to make use of its prized position between the two continents (notably China, Russia and the Middle East - the latter of which it was long competing unfavourably with, traditionally against Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia).


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Xenophobia and islamophobia from Europeans / EU pushed Turkey away from a more European path, but despite Erdogan you still see a significant portion of society resisting their policies and there are several articles reporting a decline in religiosity in Turkey.

There are also plenty of Western countries heavily influenced by "bigotry and sectarianism" and other bad traits.

Istanbul is and will always be one of the coolest hippest cities in the world.
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