Taksim Square tram


Pictures from Istanbul, Turkey, May 17-22 2011

I snapped these photos on a visit to Istanbul for a conference. Enjoy! — Daryl

Around town

Aerial view of Istanbul

A view of Istanbul looking south over the Golden Horn. This shot was taken from the top of my hotel near Taksim, a busy transportation hub seen in the first photo.


Looking across the Bosphorous at Asia.

Istiklak Caddesi

Istiklak Caddesi, a marvelous pedestrian mall that runs through the neighborhood of Beyoglu. Day or night, it's a river of people.

Turkish flag

I awoke the morning of May 19 to discover a giant Turkish flag had been draped over the side of my hotel as I slept. A red glow of filtered light danced into my room and the flag swooshed and flapped in the wind.

Turkish flag

I later learned May 19 was a national holiday, and the huge flags were everywhere.

Turkish flag

This man was selling flags to tourists.


Turkish food

Turkish food is delicious! Lots of seafood, grains, tomatoes, and vegetables.

Turkish food

Turkish food

Turkish food

Turkish food

Nice weather most of the time means Istanbul has a great cafe scene. Here I am at a cafe.


The Hagia Sophia

The Hagia Sophia, dedicated 537 A.D. It was a church, then a mosque, and now a museum.

Hagia Sophia

Outside the Hagia Sophia.

The Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque, completed 1616.

The Basilica Cistern

The Basilica Cistern, a huge and spectacular underground water collection chamber, completed 532.

The Grand Bazaar

The Grand Bazaar

Lamps for sale at the Gran Bazaar

Lamps for sale at the Grand Bazaar

Egyptian Bazaar

The Egyptian Bazaar, or Spice Bazaar (smaller but more interesting than the Grand Bazaar).


Bosphorous Bridge

The Bosphorous Bridge, connecting Europe and Asia, completed 1973.

Antique tram Istanbul

The antique tram, running from Taksim to Tunel via Istiklak Caddesi.

Antique tram Istanbul

View from inside the antique tram.

Tunel Funicular

The Tunel funicular opened January 17, 1875. It was the world's second subway, after the London Underground. (A funicular is a cable-driven railway on a hill.)

Taksim Kabatas Funicular

A second, more modern funicular links Taksim to Kabatas

Istanbul Light Rail

Istanbul has a pretty good light rail running through the heart of the city.


A view of the Bosphorus from the light rail, crossing the Golden Horn.

These little vans must be easy to park.

Istanbul Trains

Intercity trains outside Sirkeci station, made famous in Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express."

I didn't know anything about Turkish Airlines before this trip, but they turned out to be a good choice. Comfortable and efficient.