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The annual Istanbul Street Art Festival has, in the last two years, brought some giant murals to the district of Kadıköy, on the Asian side of the Bosphorus.

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This piece is Resistencia by Chilean artist, INTI.

Linked to Monday Mural and Mellow Yellow.
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W is for… Window Cleaning

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I don’t envy these window cleaners, clinging to the side of the 47 storey Beetham Tower in Manchester.

Part of the April A to Z Challenge and Blue Monday.
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Benches on the Bosphorus

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The Bosphorus-side benches here in Ortaköy make the perfect spot to rest and admire both the modern Bosphorus Bridge and the ancient Ortaköy Mosque (officially known as the Büyük Mecidiye Camii or Grand Imperial Mosque of Sultan Abdülmecid).

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Oddity or Art?

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Useful or artistic? I’m not sure.

Linked to Odd Ball.
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Cookery in Motion

Eating in Istanbul is a delight – you can sample a cacophony of tastes, influenced by the disparate regions of Turkey and the many nations that have passed through this country over the centuries.  The city has many top class restaurants, of course, but it is on the street that the nation’s history and traditions are most apparent.  Choose from kebabs, fish sandwiches, stuffed mussels, sheep’s head, intestines, raw meat balls (that aren’t meat or raw), the list goes on…

Tantuni, a tasty speciality from southern Turkey, is one of my favourites – minced meat fried with spices and served wrapped in a flatbread.  If you get a taste for it you may like to visit the annual tantuni festival in Mersin.

Tantuni making in motion
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Stuffed fried mussels

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Chopping a sheep’s head

If you want to get a taste of the real Istanbul, I highly recommend taking a food walk with the team at Culinary Backstreets.  Food is an essential part of Istanbul life and is therefore a vital part of any trip to this amazing city.


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Silent Sunday

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Part of Silent Sunday.
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Tools of the Tea Trade

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These shiny metal trays are a vital tool of the tea sellers in Istanbul.  In this nation of tea drinkers, you are never far from a tea seller.  Whether you are in a bazaar, walking across the Galata Bridge or on one of the many ferries, there will always be tea close at hand.

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Linked to Podcast B&W.
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