Walking from Europe to Asia in 12 Minutes


Today I landed in Istanbul, Turkey. A place I have not visited in 21 years and a place that I have always wanted to come back to photograph. My day started extremely early with the couple. We started with some urban style photography. Graffiti walls and a gorgeous backlit staircase. We then moved on to Istanbul’s landmarks to show exactly where we are in the world. You cant mistake the skyline of Istanbul. Aiga Sophia and the Blue Mosque are imposing features that are unmistakable.
Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia

Inside the Blue Mosque

Inside the Blue Mosque

Outside the Blue Mosque

Outside the Blue Mosque

After a good session with them, I was off on my own to explore, photograph and get a taste of Turkis culture after a long hiatus.  I started my day with a walk to the Grand Bazaar which is hundreds of years old. Here you will find leather goods and jewellery along with trinkets and anything Turkish. The place is a little bit touristy for my liking, so I did what I do best. I networked with some locals and asked where the local Turks would go if they wanted to enjoy a peaceful coffee and a Nargile. I was directed to a Turkish garden only a few hundred metres from the Bazaar.

 

 

Turkish Garden Cafe

Turkish Garden Cafe

Turkish Lanterns in the Garden

Turkish Lanterns in the Garden

Getting to this garden was like going through a labyrinth in order to find a piece of cheese. This was another Turkish gem, not a single tourist in an area bastardized and totally overrun by tourists. I had the entire day to explore but I knew I would spend a good portion of it right here. There were ample things and people to photograph right in this small area.

I enjoyed my second Turkish coffee f the day, a cappuccino flavoured Nargile and a glass of Turkish “Chai”. After a few hours of sitting and relaxing, I needed to get some lunch. Again, I asked a few locals where I can get an authentic Turkish meal. I was walked over to a local spot, again not a tourist in sight!

Yet Another Coffee!

Yet Another Coffee!

Yet Another Chai!

Yet Another Chai!

I told the waiter that I wanted to try a little of everything and he smiled. I looked over at the kitchen and there was a wood oven with a special chef whos only purpose was to stretch and cook fresh pita bread! I am on a strict “no bread” diet, but this is something I could not pass up. I thought to myself that I will do an extra 20 minutes of cardio to make up for this one. The first thing that was brough tot me was the fresh pita, it was the size of a dinner plate! It had a design on it made from sesame seeds and it was piping hot. Worth the extra cardio any day! My meal arrived and it consisted of a HUGE mixed grill platter with Lamb, Beef, Chicken, Kebab, Chicken wings, salad, pickled red cabbage and a middle eastern staple: fresh parsley.

Mixed Grill #1

Mixed Grill #1

After a filling lunch it was time to start exploring again. I walked along the tram line past scores of shops preparing fresh Turkish delight and other confectionaries. I managed to stay the course and stay away from the sugar, no matter how tempting it was. I did however break down when I saw the fresh pomegranate juice being prepared. It took about 9 whole pomegranates to make a cup! I did it for the antioxidants… Yeah… the antioxidants!

Fresh Pomegranate Juice

Fresh Pomegranate Juice

The next leg of the day would bring me from Asia into Europe as I crossed the Bosphorus. I noticed that under the bridge, there were cafes right on the water. So I decided to walk under instead of over. This would cost me another 20-30 minutes of cardio as I stopped for another Nargile and mixed grill platter before having to leave this great city.

Mixed Grill #2

Mixed Grill #2

Walking back to the ship brought me through a very quiet area of only locals where I got some great shots of locals playing backgammon and having heated discussions. I have to say that I don’t remember too much about the details of Istanbul from when my parents had brought me here 21 years ago, but I can say that I liked it just as much this time around.

Turkish Locals

Turkish Locals

Istanbul Skyline

Istanbul Skyline

Religious Architecture

Religious Architecture


About Andrew Pateras

Andrew has lived in the GTA all his life and a good portion of his adult life has been devoted to sales. He studied Business Information Systems Management at Ryerson University. From there, he worked in sales for tier one organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Epson and Intel. Then as North American Sales Manager for GAP Adventures, he gained even more experience in negotiation and client service. Andrew has been a licensed real estate sales person since 2006. In 2007, Andrew also began a new venture in professional photography. Over the next number of years, he travelled on assignment all over the world. This is why he is meticulous when it comes to your marketing images! To say Andrew's travel and photography experience is extensive would definitely be an understatement. He has journeyed to remote and exotic locations in 48 countries on all six continents in search of adventure and authentic cultural experiences. Whether it is diving with great white sharks in South Africa, in a cage with Bengal tigers in northern Thailand or perched atop a land cruiser, photographing rhinos and lions in the Serengeti, he has likely photographed any holiday experience you can imagine. In 2015, Andrew earned the Directors Platinum award from Royal LePage for outstanding sales performance. Andrew's commitment as your real estate professional is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve. Whether you're buying or selling, contact him with any questions that you may have. His promise to you is that your experience will be both stress-free and enjoyable. His focus is always YOU and the results you can expect from him.

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