Istanbul & Bursa (Turkey I)

Istanbul, Asian side from the European side

Istanbul, Asian side from the European side

a Classic : the New Mosque in Istanbul

a Classic : the New Mosque in Istanbul

its construction stated in 1597 - Galata bridge fishermen's poles in the corner

Turkish coffee

Turkish coffee

Nice private terrace

Nice private terrace

Street dog being enjoying being washed

Street dog being enjoying being washed

The gipsies have been thrown out of Beyoğlu

The gipsies have been thrown out of Beyoğlu

and soon the renovation will start

Men playing

Men playing "Okey" outside in the street at night

(Okey is a turkish rami game)

On the ferry - on the other side, Gebze (near Istanbul)

On the ferry - on the other side, Gebze (near Istanbul)

Outskirts of Bursa : hundreds of empty brand new buildings

Outskirts of Bursa : hundreds of empty brand new buildings

They should have all found renters or owners within a year

Blue mosque in Bursa

Blue mosque in Bursa

Inside the Grand Mosque in Bursa (Ulu Cami)

Inside the Grand Mosque in Bursa (Ulu Cami)

built 1396-1400

Colourful handmade street sweets

Colourful handmade street sweets

Coupole at the Karabaş-ı Veli cultural center in Bursa

Coupole at the Karabaş-ı Veli cultural center in Bursa

Whirling dervish at the Karabaş-ı Veli cultural center, Bursa

Whirling dervish at the Karabaş-ı Veli cultural center, Bursa

It was amazing!

On the way to Gölyazı

On the way to Gölyazı

Which number, postman?

Which number, postman?

(on the way to Gölyazı)

Byzantine church (on the way to Gölyazı)

Byzantine church (on the way to Gölyazı)

Grave in  the cemetary (Gölyazı)

Grave in the cemetary (Gölyazı)

R.I.P.

Gölyazı from the distance

Gölyazı from the distance

Old building in Gölyazı

Old building in Gölyazı

Flying inhabitants in Gölyazı

Flying inhabitants in Gölyazı

Houses in Gölyazı

Houses in Gölyazı

Old window (Gölyazı)

Old window (Gölyazı)

Gölyazı

Gölyazı

In an old abandoned Armenian church on the way to Trilye

In an old abandoned Armenian church on the way to Trilye

Staircase in the Taşmektep (stone primary school)

Staircase in the Taşmektep (stone primary school)

in Zeytinbağı/Trilye

Wave at the pier, Zeytinbağı/Trilye

Wave at the pier, Zeytinbağı/Trilye

Istanbul, Asian side from the European sideits construction stated in 1597 - Galata bridge fishermen's poles in the cornerTurkish coffeeNice private terraceStreet dog being enjoying being washedand soon the renovation will start(Okey is a turkish rami game)On the ferry - on the other side, Gebze (near Istanbul)They should have all found renters or owners within a yearBlue mosque in Bursabuilt 1396-1400Colourful handmade street sweetsCoupole at the Karabaş-ı Veli cultural center in BursaIt was amazing!On the way to Gölyazı(on the way to Gölyazı)Byzantine church (on the way to Gölyazı)R.I.P.Gölyazı from the distanceOld building in GölyazıFlying inhabitants in GölyazıHouses in GölyazıOld window (Gölyazı)GölyazıIn an old abandoned Armenian church on the way to Trilyein Zeytinbağı/TrilyeWave at the pier, Zeytinbağı/Trilye

The pictures of my first few weeks in Turkey!

First, I have been to Istanbul. But, oh oh oh shame on me, I knew I was going to come back later so I did NOT do the traditional touristy stuff! I just stayed home mostly, and enjoyed the sounds of the lively little street coming up to me day and night…

I have then been to Bursa a rapidly growing student town on the Asian side of the Bosphore, where I was very impressed by a whirling dervish ceremony in a nicely restored covent, now cultural center, where you can sit and relax and have a tea for free. While staying in Bursa, I have made a day trip to Gölyazı, a lcute little village on an island in the middle of a lake, and, still hitchhiking with my couchsurfing host, we went to Zeytinbağı (named before 1963 Trilye, the three priests, several legends are candidates for explaining this name). Trilye, as people keep calling it, is  a « village » (for me, a town!) on the Marmara sea. It has a very huge abandoned « stone school » (used to be a monastery dating from the beginning of the XXth century. Everyone was climbing inside through the windows to have a look, so we did too, of course, and as I love abandoned buildings, I really enjoyed this visit :) .

It’s all for this time, but there is a lot more Turkey coming soon!

 

 

 

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