include....fiesty mascot-fighting dogs
the world's largest carpet
the Hagia Sophia
Firat the James-Franco Turkish guide
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...
little soldier Turks
sweet graffiti in the trendy neighborhoods of Istanbul
fishermen men men
many marvelous mosques and such
smoke-blowing out codgers who secretly know photography really well
fighting like cats and dogs
fighty friends? nope, just rowdy
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.