Viva Istanbul

Napoleon once said that if the whole world was a state, its capital would be Istanbul. The city gave me the privilege of experiencing the influences of the Ottoman empire, the Byzantines and the west. Famously known as the crossroads of the world, it’s an understatement to say that this city is beautiful and I feel my photographs will never give it justice.

One of the things I was really delighted about in my experience in Istanbul was neither seeing its grandest monuments nor sailing across the Bosporus. I just sat outside the local cafe, ordered a good cup of cappuccino and observed the people walking by, going about their business while street performers entertain tourists and locals alike. I also thoroughly enjoyed meeting fellow travellers at the hostel I was staying at, sharing stories about our own customs, politics and just about anything.. which I always find interesting because I just love talking to people in general especially if I don’t know a whole deal about who they are and what’s it like where they came from.

I found that the locals in Istanbul, or as they like to call themselves, “Istanbullus” are probably some of the most attractive people in the world and the most fashionable; and what’s great about them is that it seems effortless for them to be stylish.. I must admit even the gentleman who was selling pretzels at Taksim square sported a coat much more better looking than all of the coats I have ever owned in my life.

Istanbul is such a delight to one’s senses! It’s so picturesque that I consider it an ultimate photographer’s haven and I had an awesome time clicking the shutter button at every alley, nook and cranny around the city, purposely getting lost.
This is definitely one of my favourite cities; its right there at the top, if not THE top of my list. I enjoyed my time here so much that I’m embarrassed to admit that I crossed the Bosporus straight twice… solo! The first to take photos and the second just to enjoy the skyline without taking photographs. I’m saying I left a slice of my heart at Istanbul.

To quote my good friend Acmad, “God, Istanbul is the world!”

This is why it is called the Blue Mosque

This is why it is called the Blue Mosque

The cistern near Hagia Sophia, where the climax of Inferno happened.

The cistern near Hagia Sophia, where the climax of Inferno happened.

It is said that this is the only place in the world with the image of the Virgin Mary right next to the names of Allah and Muhammad

It is said that this is the only place in the world with the image of the Virgin Mary beside the names of Allah and Muhammad

This man's voice was beautiful!

This man’s voice was beautiful!

The Golden Horn

The Golden Horn