Down memory lane – Istanbul

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In September 1993 we visited Istanbul for the first time. I had meetings at our office in Istanbul and Yvonne accompanied me on this trip and visited the city on her own. Saturday, we had all day together to explore Istanbul. Although it was a short visit to Istanbul, the city made a overwhelming impression on us. Although we lived in Athens at the time, Istanbul, even more than Athens, was a place where Western and Eastern culture met.

We’ve seen a lot on that one day. We visited:

  • the bazaar
  • the Egyptian market
  • the Topkapi palace
  • the Hagia Sophia

What makes this city really special is the Bosporus, which flows so beautifully through the city. The views on the Bosporus and the skylines are all the time changing, depending on where you are.

In my notebook I wrote, at the time, that I should definitely remember the following:

  • Many modern dressed men and women, but also many traditionally dressed people
  • Men, feet washing at the mosque
  • Not feeling threatened in the city
  • The busy folk life on the bazaar and the markets
  • The bears: men with bears, on chains, in crowded places to show their skills
  • The fishmongers in their boats on the Bosporus
  • The Oriental atmosphere in the rooms of the Topkapi palace
  • The people who try to make a living with all kinds of small trades, such as shoe shiners, weighing people, etc.

In the period 1993-1999 we would visit Istanbul very often. Every time it was fantastic to be there. In the office we became good friends with colleagues. The Turkish cuisine is fantastic. Istanbul is just so special.

We have included some photos of our visit here. Scanned from very small negatives……

On a later trip we have delivered printed photos to the people that we had photographed, and they were so happy for that.

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