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Galata tower

By ColleenA
Good morning....
thank you for your continued support and to John (lonely_oryx) for his UA, and to Kate (Irishkate) for hers....both much appreciated.
I am still loving Istanbul.....it is so vibrant and it never seems to sleep, there are still traffic jams in the city streets at 1am in the morning.
Galata towers is a witness...a witness to the City of Istanbul...An alive witness 1500 years old...As much as it is a witness to the Genoese merchants, it is to the Venetian artists...it is a witness to Byzantium, Hagia Sophia, as much as it is to Suleiman the Magnificent....t is also witness to the boots of the army of occupation...also to Churchill and Agatha Christie...it is witness to the death of the Sultans...to the poets of the Tulip era...it is also a witness to Mustafa Kemal's rowing trips. A witnessed revolutions and movements, betrayals as well as loyalty.
Now all of these have faded into history....and the Gelata Tower has been left to the future from the past as a souvenir with its head up in the clouds...
The other versions are scenes from around the city
Have a nice day...we board the Crystal Serenity today for a 12 day Med cruise. We only set sail tomorrow evening at 11 pm so have 2 more days in Istanbul.
We visit Kusadasi, Mykonos,Santorini,Monemvasia ,Valleta in Malta, Taormina in Sicily, Sorrento and finally dock in Rome.

Tags: Istanbul Landscape and travel Gelata tower

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NDODS Plus
5 4.9k 125 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2014 6:27AM
An interesting and very well observed and captured set of travelog images Colleen, I particularly like image number two. great panoramic with lots to see and take in. Thanks for sharing

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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CarolG Plus
9 192 18 Greece
22 Jun 2014 6:40AM
A fascinating insight into the beautiful city of Istanbul, Colleen. And next a 10 day Mediterranean cruise, whereabouts are you sailing to? Carol
Very intersting set, Colleen; makes me want to pack my suitcase again...
Although it is only one hour flight from Tel Aviv I have never been there.
ColleenA Plus
3 315 3 Australia
22 Jun 2014 7:01AM

Quote:A fascinating insight into the beautiful city of Istanbul, Colleen. And next a 10 day Mediterranean cruise, whereabouts are you sailing to? Carol

I have added the places we are sailing to above for you Carol...
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
22 Jun 2014 7:12AM
A great set images showing us so much

Peter
Lillian Plus
6 21 16 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2014 7:21AM
Another great set Colleen, and again all showing off the tourist sights so beautifully
at last a chance to relax a little more on the cruise shipWinkWink...possibly!
but as you seem to have endless energy..?
Lillian
ade123 Plus
3 257 1 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2014 7:28AM
A great set of images Colleen some beautiful views and very colourful and diverse architecture

Ade
Mollycat Plus
2 11 2 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2014 7:32AM
More interesting shots of this fascinating city Colleen, thanks for the insight.
Peter GrinGrinGrin
mistere Plus
2 1 2 England
22 Jun 2014 7:39AM
Wonderful images Colleen, a fascinating city full of interest and contrast, both in its architecture and its people.
As with all cities the mix of ancient and modern, wealth and poverty, all jumbled together trying to survive and
make it to the future. Thank you for taking the time to share it with us.
Enjoy your last 2 days there.

Dave.
fentiger Plus
14 916 23 England
22 Jun 2014 7:49AM
An enjoyable and interesting set of images. I particularly like the atmosphere in No. 6.

Albert
22 Jun 2014 8:04AM
Four and Ten my fav's of this lovely set Colleen. What a stunning adventure you are onSmile I look forward to your Santorini shots, even if it takes me awhile to vote and comment, as we're off to Kalkan, Turkey on Thursday. Still not sure if I'll be taking my Phone or not?

JohnSmile
LynneJoyce Plus
7 20 99 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2014 8:07AM
A lovely, lively set with a fascinating narrative.
viscostatic 9 33 5 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2014 8:45AM
Excellent images of a beautiful city Colleen. Definitely one on my list.

Phil.
22 Jun 2014 8:58AM
Another fine set of images Colleen, V6 and V9 my favourites,
Fred.
Beautiful series of shots on the city and his life.
Chinga Plus
5 1 1 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2014 9:01AM
Love V1 with the bird in flight... And V4 for all that blue water...
Once again jaw dropping images on show Collen! Enjoy!
IB
debu 6 India
22 Jun 2014 9:34AM
Beautiful set of images,V1 for me.
debu
Maiwand Plus
9 3 71 England
22 Jun 2014 9:34AM
Wonderful tour of the area Colleen. All lovely informative images.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron
dark_lord Plus
11 1.7k 261 England
22 Jun 2014 9:55AM
A very interesting set, difficult to pick a favourite, but V5 is a nice contrast with the buildings and the bridge.
fotobee Plus
2 4 3 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2014 9:58AM
Good photo series, Colleen, I prefer v6. Regards Martin
gary_d Plus
8 576 13 Wales
22 Jun 2014 9:59AM
A great set particularly V6 which just gives a feel of the atmosphere of the place. - Gary
22 Jun 2014 10:03AM
Take more comfy shoes Colleen Malta is rocky, and hot too. Lovely series here again. Have a lovely time.

Patty GrinGrin
22 Jun 2014 10:05AM
The bird in V 1 looked at first like someone on a flying carpet...
I can dream
22 Jun 2014 10:24AM
Each worthy of an upload, Colleen - brilliantly taken and presented!
Irishkate Plus
5 33 92 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2014 10:41AM
I think Istanbul is going onto my bucket list with your wonderful varied images of what looks like a very vibrant city
and my next door neighbour who did a tour here from her recent cruise and said, she'd like to go back.
Your narrative of the city's history was most informative and much of it I know nothing about.
I won't single out any images apart from V9 with the coffee and bag shop - the arty one and the sort of places I'd be in!!
Kate GrinGrinGrin
All your images are super I would not like to pick one



Billy
Nikonuser1 Plus
3 17 10 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2014 12:03PM
A excellent set of images Colleen, thanks for shareingSmile

Cliff
netta1234 Plus
3 292 2 Wales
22 Jun 2014 12:31PM
Thanks for showing us these lovely and very interesting images.
Do enjoy the cruise,and I look foreward to see the images.SmileSmile
NettaSmile
22 Jun 2014 1:02PM
Beautiful shot and you even managed a seagull! I keep thinking of Boney M and "Istanbul was Constantinople" etc etc.

Maureen
mikbee 8 3 8 Scotland
22 Jun 2014 1:54PM
A place steeped in history indeed Colleen.
But you forgot to mention that the football team I support
was knocked out of the European Cup by Fenerbahce in the 1980's !!
A colourful set.
Mick.
taggart Plus
11 46 12 United States
22 Jun 2014 2:02PM
love that tower!
Enjoy the cruise!
22 Jun 2014 2:26PM
I'm very jealous, Colleen! You seem to be getting to some wonderful exotic places Smile Another lovely set showing us the delights of your travels Wink
Trev Smile
nonur Plus
7 15 9 Turkey
22 Jun 2014 5:18PM
Great writeup and great shots of the old town, Coleen. I like your set a lot.
JuBarney Plus
4 10 3 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2014 5:41PM
Another really interesting set
Ju
Great set of images, Colleen.

Fred
22 Jun 2014 7:01PM
Another wonderful set. Vibrant, colourful and candid. Beautiful.
22 Jun 2014 10:25PM
Super set Colleen. Enjoy the cruise. I would love to go on one. You are seeing some lovely sights. Cathy
22 Jun 2014 10:43PM
Colourful and interesting images Colleen, a lovely set.

Jenny Smile
22 Jun 2014 11:09PM
You have captured many of Istanbuls sights very well Colleen
My favourite is V10-- for street life & the Blue & Red Mosques in 1 image
A lovely set of captures of Istanbul. My favourite is V1 especially with the Gull in. Well done Colleen.
WesternRed.
23 Jun 2014 7:05AM
A very fine and large set of Istanbul , Colleen ! - V1 being the favorite with the flying bird ! SmileSmileSmile --- Jukka.
ChiliMan Plus
9 135 17 Singapore
23 Jun 2014 8:32AM
Love the write-up, Colleen Smile

And what fabulous timing with the bird in V1! Superb set of shots you have here, showing us the various sides to this place.

Hope you manage to get some nice sky shots from the cruise liner Smile

Andrew
Brian65 6 2 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2014 3:47PM
Maybe I should get a passport as ive only been over the water to the Isle of Wight. Keep posting you never know I might take the plunge. Great shots Colleen.
Brian
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.5k 148 England
23 Jun 2014 7:49PM
...and I though Galata was a flavour of ice cream! Tongue

More wonderful memories and I do like the local 'colour' in your street scenes.

Dave
Mike_Smith Plus
8 270 1 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2014 7:50PM
This is whats great about this site, i can have a look round Istanbul sat in my chair lol. Cracking set of shots Colleen enjoy the rest of your cruise which i am sure you will
23 Jun 2014 9:24PM
I feel as though I am on this tour of the Middle East with you. Wonderful images. Lynne
24 Jun 2014 1:21PM
Fantastic set of images Colleen. Really brings Istanbul to life for us.

REgards

Steve
BIGRY1 Plus
4 3 7 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2014 8:17PM
I love the view and detail on V5 but all are great picsGrin
Ryan
24 Jun 2014 9:41PM
A fabulous series Colleen. We're all loving being in your suitcase and sharing the journey!
V3 for me GrinGrin

kathryn
25 Jun 2014 12:48AM
Great set of images, with their being plenty of pic's
it's like being apart of your adventure Grin love it!! SmileSmileSmile

paul
What a lovely set,terrific City,sadly only spent night there when the plane i was in broke down on the way to Libya.Hard to pick a favourite,so i will settle for V1.
All the best and safe journey,
Martyn.

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