Step into Istanbul’s enchanting embrace, where native eyes, adorned with a visitor’s curiousity, behold the timeless beauty of this bustling metropolis. A fusion of cultures, traditions, and stories to explore. This photo essay invites you to experience Istanbul’s essence along with me, capturing moments that reveal the soul of this vibrant labyrinthine tapestry.
Wandering through the streets, I stumble upon tourists and interact with natives going about their busy lives.
The Grand Bazaar, or Kapalı Çarşı, is of course unforgettable; scents of spices overwhelm and layer over each other, weaving through the crowded halls.
I hear the cling-clang of the metro car approaching.
Exciting views from the Galata tower.
A highlight of my time in Kadıköy, I watch a self-effacing man paint expertly.
The night glows with hustle and bustle.
But despite the swathes of tourists, I enjoy the amiable, relaxed energy the city exudes.
I lean from the car in the second-oldest metro in the world.
As I bid farewell to this captivating city, may its essence linger in my memories, inviting me to return and discover even more of its enchanting secrets.