A photograph of people in the Taksim to Tünel tram in Istanbul

Taksim to Tünel tram in Istanbul

When we first got to Taksim, all we saw was people. Lots and lots of people. Shopping, eating, walking, etc. We wondered if the tram was actually running. It didn’t take long however to notice that the tram was in fact there, just buried behind the masses. This was a …

Photograph of the interior of the Basilica Cistern in Istanbul

The Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnici) in Istanbul

My first post from Istanbul featured a detail from this impressive structure, today it’s the main hall of the Basilica Cistern. It’s hard to imagine that hundreds and hundreds of years ago, this was all full of water. Today, there is only a tiny bit of water towards the main …

Photograph of the inside of Hagia Sophia and its chandeliers

The interior of Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya) – Istanbul

According to many Hagia Sophia, is the prime example of Byzantine architecture. We made it to Hagia Sophia on our first full day in Istanbul and manage to beat the lines by purchasing a Museum pass which you can find just next to the main entrance being sold from a …

Photograph of the silhouette of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul Turkey

The Blue Mosque – (Sultan Ahmed Mosque) at Sunset

Perhaps it is a bit of a cliche to say that the Blue Mosque was my favorite mosque in Istanbul, but its true. I start with a fairly typical but must have image of the Blue Mosque silhouetted against the setting sun. Unfortunately the skies were not this orange 🙂 It took …