Wednesday, August 13, 2008

istanbul's old,narrow,secret streets

 istanbul diaries XXVI

photo (c) Eni Turkeshi

 If there's a thing I loveeeeeeeee about Istanbul , a detail that makes me addicted to thic city and I miss whenever I'm not there are the old,narrow,hidden streets of this big city.
They are always gravid with surprises.

In one of them you can find a cozy cafe , in another some avantgarde garment shops.In some others book sellers with their very special old books or tzigans selling flowers.In some other streets , especially the ones in Beyoglu (one of the biggest,most popular areas in Istanbul) ,you can run across to some very special antiquarian shops.

The cafes are especially good.Their decoration is very cozy and the general atmosphere is very cool.The music played is different though.You can find jazz cafes, pop cafes or cafes playing just turkish folk music.The pop cafes are well known for their turkish coffe service ,because of their bonus fortune telling;)

Some other streets are so narrow that you can hardly walk from there, but I don't like them less.
On the contrary , you can enjoy here the nice feeling of nostalgia of the old surrounding Pera palaces and the weird sense of a little isolation:)

It's 10 years I'm living here and I still have so many streets , so many places to discover .Just this idea makes you eager to live in this city and to get amazed every new day!
If you ever visit Istanbul nowadays , don't forget to try to visit as many as these lovely , secret streets..You'll get your excitement reward for sure;)

p.s: this is the link of a book named "101 streets of Istanbul" written by different turkish artists.strongly recommended!


L.S. Alves said...

Tell me the truth. You are a employed of turkish government and your mission is seduce peoples of other nation to they travel to Istambul.

eni said...

hahahah i'm really amused to read this:))
dude they should pay me for this:)
a brand new camera would do as well;)

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