Turkish Delights


include....fiesty mascot-fighting dogs






nose hoses





drag queens





the world's largest carpet





cisterns





the Hagia Sophia





cubic cats





Firat the James-Franco Turkish guide





colorful decorations





poor puppies in boxes





presents i should have bought storm





the wildness of taksim square





trendy stencils in byoglu





Firat getting down with his bad self





Crazy terrace-leading stairs to rooftop clubs





old Jewish, Greek neighborhoods...





Turkish chillums





little soldier Turks





sweet graffiti in the trendy neighborhoods of Istanbul





pomegranates!





fishermen men men





many marvelous mosques and such





smoke-blowing out codgers who secretly know photography really well





fighting like cats and dogs





far-too-friendly





fatherson dynamic





nargile hoses





fighty friends? nope, just rowdy





guy-love





reading the tea-leaves





turkish wedding reception that we attended accidentally!



As our guide and friend Firat packed us into cabs at the end of our journey through Istanbul, he whispered to us very seriously the Secrets of Istanbul. He withheld several upon our promises to return foraminimumoftendays!! in July. These photos make it easy to see why the city is gray and melancholy to its natives, but I've never met such friendly and passionate people. And it's true: they don't have squirrels, only poor cats.