Friday, July 4, 2008

The other voice of Istanbul

Yes, Istanbul is full of people, mobile phones and cars. And yes, it is very loud from time to time. The voices of millions of people, their ringing mobile phones and the noisy traffic might be too much for someone who visits this metropole for the first time...
The art of enjoying the streets of Istanbul is to focus on the other voice. Just listen to the screaming sea gulls while walking along the streets. They swirl among the mosques, trees, houses and accompany the ferryboats. In Eminönü district for example you can see hundreds of doves that you can feed. They really enjoy being part of the crowd. You can hear them coo all the time. What would Istanbul be without its cats? They are everywhere. You can discover them sleeping, eating or playing under cars, in the streets, around mosques, in the parks, next to fishermen, just everywhere. These cats are very cute and it is very hard to leave Istanbul without taking some of them with you...

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