human behavior

Istan-cool

Posted in Foreign Impressions, Travel by humanb on March 24, 2012

My husband and I went on something of a whirlwind holiday last year.  Over four weeks, we travelled to 10+ cities. This was a new form of travel for me. Whenever I’d travelled before, I’d gone to one place and squatted for at least two months. How else could you come to know a place, its rhythm, the priorities and perspectives of its people?

Well, as it turns out, it doesn’t take all that long to get a sense of a place. And there’s something to be said for first impressions. 

The Itinerary:

Beijing – Paris – Munich – Budapest – Bucharest – Istanbul – Israel (multiple cities) 

I’m neither a tour guide nor an historian, so if you want to understand these cities properly, buy a travel book. Or Google them.  Or better yet – visit them and squat for two months.

These are just some of the images that struck me – that helped to shape my first impressions. I think they speak for themselves.

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Istanbul, Turkey

From Bucharest, we had a fabulous train ride south, crossing the Danube from Romania.

The views throughout the journey showcased a quiet beauty.

And the train stops offered interesting peeks on to the communities beyond.

Serenity was soon effaced by anticipation, however, at the sight of Istanbul’s old city walls.

I wasn’t disappointed. Istanbul was marvellous.

Its energy…

Its ubiquitous food stalls…

Its most populous community, lovingly fed by locals…

Its little touches, like these restaurant cushions…

And its iconic buildings.

Istanbul is cool.

Next up: Istanbul Locals

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  1. Anonymous said, on March 25, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Looks like a movie set – really nice. Your pictures makes one feel like they are visiting – they capture the mood and one can almost smell the flavors in the air. Nice.

  2. humanb said, on March 25, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Thanks. 🙂


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