Istanbul, as Alex Webb pointed out, is another kind of border—between East and West, Islam and secularism, ancient and modern. I visited the city in February 2019, and the scents of the many entities (religion, culture, history, economy, technology, modernity, etc) merged in a natural way, and apparently will continue to thrive.
Formerly known as Byzantium and Constantinople, it is the most populous city in Turkey and the country’s economic, cultural and historic center. Istanbul is a transcontinental city in Eurasia, straddling the Bosporus Strait (which separates Europe and Asia) between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. Its commercial and historical center lies on the European side and about a third of its population lives in suburbs on the Asian side of the Bosporus. (Wikipedia)
In this short visit, i managed to capture a glimpse of people’s life in Istanbul, as well as Bursa, a large city located in northwestern Anatolia, within the Marmara Region. It is the fourth most populous city in Turkey and one of the most industrialized metropolitan centres in the country.
*All photos taken with my cellphone. Kind of sad, that i didn’t bring a proper camera for this trip.