Istanbul 08.06.2019


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A while ago I already was in Istanbul. However it was just a short connection between flight (for about 11 hours) which definitely isn't enough for this city. So here I am again to explore it more.

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The first time you would be impressed with are huge lines to almost every tourist attraction. There's a life-hack: it is possible to buy Istanbul museum card just one time and visit places with it. The price would be paid off just with top 3 places or so. You can even buy it in some non-so-popular place to save time in line. However some attractions simply do not accept it and you have to struggle.

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Carpets (:

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It was a bit hotter than it's needed for comfortable walk. Also there were a lot of water around. Unfortunately it's not good for swimming.

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A ferry. Istanbul has so many different pubic transport types: metro (2 types), trams, buses, ferries. Well, I better write a separate post about it.

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June 2019 was a month of Istanbul mayor re-election. The first attempt was annulled by a very biased reason. So I accidentally stopped by on two agitation events: for pro-government and opposition candidates. Guess which is which (:

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These are public mini-buses. Those were removed from Moscow a while ago. I miss it a lot (:

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There are so many cats in Istanbul. There will be more photos.

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Just some streets.

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I was surprised Turks are open to experiment with mosques architecture. Here's Sakirin mosque in modern style with transparent walls. Looks very cool and pretty. We need more stuff like this.

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There's a cemetery nearby. Looks unusual. Well, after a kazakh one not that unusual (:

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There are so many places you can buy fresh vegetables and fruits. You won't starve to death here.

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After the long day there's amazing place to relax: beautiful seafront, one of the best I've seen so far. Just in front of Maiden's Tower. There are almost no tourists here. Just locals.

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