MONDAY we caught the bus down to Ortakoy and walked about another half hour along to the old castle. Past all these magnificent Ottoman houses, little winding streets with these gorgeous old timber buildings looming overhead, full of beautiful carved lacy detail and
the street dogs lie around everywhere -not a lot of pets to be seen aroundistanbul but plenty of street dogs - people leave food for them and they just live around the neighbourhood
|Fishing is huge here -all along the bosphorus are men fishing and there's plenty of fish to catch|
|WINDOW CLEANING istanbul style - this old guy was up on the|
second floor, when he stepped right out onto the ledge i couldn't watch
|SPRINGTIME and these beautiful pea-flowered blossom trees are out all over the city - right up over the hills in the countryside too|
on the bosphorus -
motifs on the roof.
THE TULIP i think the tulip is the national flower, its certainly used in design everywhere, ceramics, Iznik tiles, jewellery. it's the tulip festival now and the whole city is filled with beds of flowers, these are up at the castle
leaving these waves crashing in its wake
from the balcony . . .
|sunny watching the departure of the Aida as she disappears around the golden horn|