Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Istanbul street scenes and a kitty

I thought today I would just share some Istanbul street scenes.
In the days to come, there will be more of this
great city where Europe meets Asia.
Where Roman emperors and Ottoman sultans
roamed the same streets centuries ago.

Street scene from our Hotel Sultania.

Street outside of the Grand Bazaar.

Fascinating architecture everywhere.

The Spice Market.

View across the Golden Horn towards the New District.

Early morning walker.

No idea what the building was but loved the doors.

Street kitties everywhere seem to be tolerated by the Turks.

Young boy playing with a street kitten.

Outside dining everywhere!

Looking out across the Bosphorous Straight that runs north to south from the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara.

Kitties kitties everywhere paying no mind to passerbys!

Yummy street vendor food!

The Galata Bridge spanning the Golden Horn with dozens and dozens of fishermen casting their lines.   

More yummy street food!

Sunset from the Galata Bridge.
 : : : 

 As a cat person, my heart goes out to whenever I see a homeless kitty.
And there are many many homeless kitties.

One afternoon as I was having a late afternoon glass of wine, 
I watched this young kitten playing along the street.
He had discovered a piece of paper that
he delighted in tossing about,
oblivious to the street and road traffic
surrounding him.

 The Turks are a kind and friendly people as
demonstrated by this man who paused when he saw the kitten
to jingle some beads for him to play.
The man had no idea that anyone was observing him.
He just stopped ... played a bit with the kitten and then 
went about his way.

But I hope that kitten has found a better place to play than in the street.


TexWisGirl said...

that would make me a bit crazy. *sigh* :)

Just Stuff From a Boomer said...

Reena, your photos are too beautiful for words. I, too, am a history lover. I am in awe of standing in the footsteps of history like you are doing now. The could spend a while in that spice shop.

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

Wonderful captures. Really enjoying these posts from so far away.

Ivanhoe said...

Amazing! I miss the walking around and dinning outside. So European :)

Dianne said...

Ah! Beautiful cats every-where ... I love that guy on the pavement . The light is different in Istambul!
People every-where!! Thanks for taking the time to include us in your trip Reena ... I just love it.

John @ Beans and I on the Loose said...

Okay I was lovin' the cat photos until you brought me back to reality with your observation at the end. Like you thinking they are homeless would wrench my guts out. The kitten would ruin my day. At least you observed the Turks being kind to them, unlike what I've seen in Latin cultures. On to another topic: Are they pretty tolerant of this American tourist snapping pictures of them? The young lady at the top seemed to be looking at you with curiosity rather than scorn.

gina said...

Looks like a fascinating city! Love your street shots, and the skyline image -- beautiful! Now I am gatting wanderlust again.

Sylvia K said...

A fascinating, historical city indeed, Reena, and I love all of your captures for the day, they are fantastic! The next best thing to being there myself! The kittens are delightful and I do hope that last little one finds a safe place soon. Thanks for sharing the fun with us and have a great tomorrow!


Ginny Hartzler said...

A cute kitten, I hope he found a home...are there many strays there? Your photos are wonderful and show so many aspects of this mysterious and beautiful place!

Barbara said...

What an amazing place. Your photos do a great job conveying the beauty and life. I hope the kitty found another place to play, too!

GailO said...

I can't tell you how much I am enjoying these Istanbul photos! How I would love to smell that fish cooking and taste it! How I would love to feel the life of the spice market!

The man playing with that adorable kitten just warmed my heart:)

Eat To Live said...

Loving all your cute little kitties!! Leave it to you to find the good things!

Country Girl said...

That is sweet, the man with the kitten. And your photos are divine! The closest I will come to traveling afar ~

Florida Farm Girl said...

Oh, I'd want to scoop up those kitties and take them home with me!!! I'm so glad they are looked on kindly.

Istanbul seems to be such a feast for the senses!!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

This is a trip of a lifetime and you are sharing some amazing photos! Thank you! I'm sure I'll never visit this country so I'm enjoying your posts!

Roan said...

The architecture is amazing. Love the spice market. It would be hard not to stop and play with a kitten as cute as that one.

Brian Miller said...

awww i hope the kitty found a home as well....and i love the street scenes...again i would get lost and love every minute...just a little jealous here..

Gail Dixon said...

You are getting some amazing photos. The man with the kitten is very touching.

rainfield61 said...

Oops, what a beautiful place.

Jennifer Richardson said...

what a tantalizing place
and you've painted it so well
with that amazing eye of yours.
thanks for the sweet inspire,

Daryl said...

Oh I would have been trying to figure out how to get all of them home with me .. how are you enjoying the new camera bag? I bet you could fit that kitten in it .... xoxox

Steve Gravano said...

Great collection of photos. I especially like the Spice market photo.

My Mind's Eye said...

Thank you for sharing these gorgeous pictures from Istanbul! What a beautiful and clean city.
Of course you know we loved the kitty.
Enjoy your trip
Hugs Madi and Mom

Unknown said...

I am just loving all your photos. What an amazing place. I too hope that kitty finds a home.. Thanks so much for sharing all your photos with us!


Hilary said...

Stunning shots, Reena. Just beautiful. Weren't you tempted to scoop up that sweet kitten?

Anonymous said...

What wonderful light in these shots.

bon bon said...

wonderful images. it is sad about all the kitties though. maybe if folks are kind enough to stop and play with them, they also put out a bowl of straps in the evening.

Pat said...

Amazing street scenes, Reena!

S. Etole said...

Thanks for this glimpse into a world I will never see.

Catherine said...

I'm glad all the kitties seem to be treated well ~ but so sad that there are so many homeless ones.

It looks like an amazing city ~ thank you for showing it to us!

xo Catherine

Dianne said...

oh good heavens, I'd be taking cats back to the hotel and then what the hell would I do
at least people are kind

your photos are amazing!

trump said...

I love the Images with those cats, they are too funny. And you seem to have captured how popular out -door markets are in this country. Richard

Sharkbytes said...

Interesting place. There must be a lot of flat street kittens!

Carolyn Watson-Dubisch said...

Love the spice market picture! What sweet kitties. In Argentina I saw this with stray dogs everywhere, it was so sad.

Ruth said...

I'm dying to go back after living there 25 years ago, more so after seeing your wonderful photos. Yes, cats! And so much enchanting beauty.

I had heard the other day from a friend who was just there after 4 years how many more middle class women are wearing the head covering. When I lived there only women from the village wore them. I think I will find this city very changed.