Save a few leashed exceptions, these are some of the stray dogs seen wandering (or lounging) around Istanbul. More about Istanbul’s street dogs in this post.
Just a few of them. In three-and-a-half months of walking the streets, I only saw one rodent…. in the mouth of a cat! There is a new documentary about Istanbul’s cats. Here is the trailer.
On a wall somewhere in Beyoğlu.
Here is a closer look:
This tile mural is on the wall of the train tunnel. An area not too far from Osmanbey was used as an archery grounds for the sultans in the early Ottoman empire. Maybe this mural refers to that, I really don’t know for sure. It is kind of dimly lit on the far side of the tracks, but you get the idea.
Here is a view from the grounds of the Süleymaniye Mosque, which sits atop one of Istanbul’s seven hills. The view across the Halıç (or the Golden Horn) to Beyoğlu includes Galata Tower (upper right). This mosque, completed in 1557, is another work of master Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan. To read more about Sultan Süleyman (the Magnificent), look here and here.
Here is another delicious Turkish sweet. It is made from ripe quince, which is only available for two or three months in autumn. This ayva tatlısı came from Sakarya Tatlıcısı (here) in Beyoğlu, and it is the real deal. Other places will add colorants, making it look like this. The white topping is kaymak, which is kind of like clotted cream, but better. Real kaymak is made from water buffalo milk.