Winding down – feeling a little nostalgic

Can’t wait to get home.  Nothing better than being home.  But…knowing that these are the last few days in Istanbul makes it kind of bittersweet for me!  I hope I never forget the time spent here.

Today we took the Tram across the Golden Horn; destination:  Galata Tower.   The Galata Tower was built in Constantinople in 1348.  You can see it in the skyline from many parts of the city.

After getting off the Tram, we walked a few blocks toward the Tower.  We also had to climb a rather long stairway.

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As usual, there were cats around.  I haven’t done a very good job of getting photos of the “cats of Istanbul” but there are cats everywhere – and everyone takes care of them, making sure they are fed and happy 🙂  It’s a little different from home, where stray cats are immediately picked up by Animal Control!

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A glimpse down some side streets on our way to Galata Tower

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Here we are coming upon Galata Tower.  It was used as a watchtower to defend the city and was the tallest structure in the city when it was built.

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Beautiful panoramic views of Istanbul from the top of the tower.

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Instead of taking the Tram back across the Golden Horn, we walked.  Loved walking across Galata Bridge.  It was so beautiful.

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Always lots of fishermen on the bridge…

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You can see some large mosques in the background.  These aren’t even the big, famous ones!

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Walked a few more neighborhoods, enjoying the sights and sounds of the city

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Last stop:  The train station of “The Orient Express.”  The international railway service ran from Paris to Istanbul and was synonymous with luxury travel during the 1900s.  I think I should read Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express” when I get home.  Or, at least watch the movie 🙂

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And with that, I will say “Gule gule”  (Bye bye!)  It’s bedtime and my eyes are playing tricks on me!


About Karen Andrews

Travel With Me to Istanbul Blog: It's my first trip across the Atlantic Ocean! I'll be travelling with my son, Wes, and his wife, Jess (and friends will be joining us during our journeys) to Istanbul, Turkey for the month of June 2013. We have rented an apartment in the heart of the Old City. I can't wait to explore Istanbul and some other places in Turkey!
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2 Responses to Winding down – feeling a little nostalgic

  1. Bethany says:

    Beautiful pictures, mama! Me and Henry are waiting in Lewiston for you!

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