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I won’t write about Istanbul, I guess everything has already been written. The city is ridiculously beautiful, the people are ridiculously friendly. If this wasn’t enough, on account of the prodemocratic demonstrations the city transport was free for the whole week and, since we were the only tourists daring enough to enter Turkey during this difficult time, Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque welcomed us with a complete lack of queues. The sun setting behind the minarets observed from the Galata bridge is magical.

Only pictures today – the city speaks for itself.

Streets vibrant with life

Streets vibrant with life

The mother and the father of all shopping malls - Grand Bazaar

The mother and the father of all shopping malls – Grand Bazaar

Galata Bridge over the Golden Horn. For some must fish while some can eat.

Galata Bridge over the Golden Horn. For some must fish while some can eat.

The Blue Mosque - the most photogenic building in Turkey

The Blue Mosque – the most photogenic building in Turkey

The ceiling so colourful and the carpet so soft!

The ceiling so colourful and the carpet so soft!

Hagia Sophia - the most recognizable building in Turkey

Hagia Sophia – the most recognizable building in Turkey

Hagia Sophia from its less photographed side

Hagia Sophia from its less photographed side

Inside - a mixture of culture, religion and history

Inside – a mixture of culture, religion and history

The more expensive the tea, the prettierl the views

The more expensive the tea, the prettier the views

Istanbul's second face

Istanbul’s second face

Galilp Dede street beeming with art and music

Galilp Dede street beaming with art and music

Street art & street food

Street art & street food

Taksim Square in the heat of prodemocratic demonstrations

Taksim Square in the heat of prodemocratic demonstrations

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