Istanbul – A City By The Sea

A couple of weeks ago I went to spend a few days in Istanbul. The city really lives up to its reputation and it would be an understatement to say that I wasn’t disappointed: Istanbul is simply grand, magnificent, full of art and history, amazing by its architecture, lovely and full of inspiration in its quieter neighborhoods. In one word – gorgeous.

What I particularly liked about Istanbul is its situation by the sea, in-between two continents. The city is so expanded, it’s incredible to contemplate. But it is almost always freshened up by the ocean’s breeze. Obviously, besides the pure and salty marine air, the great thing about it is that one can find countless striking views of the Golden Horn. Uskudar, on the Asian side, provides a great promenade by the sea with fishermen, seagulls, wooden houses and children taking a swim. For other lovely marinas, look at Ortakoy or Bebek, both charming. Also great to wander about and have a nice bite, the fish market by the Galata Bridge has delicious fish sandwiches…


146 responses

  1. great pictures! I would love to get back to Istanbul one day again. This time with a decent camera 🙂

    June 19, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    • bence antalya gel ve gör

      June 20, 2012 at 1:15 pm

  2. You are clearly a very talented photographer — these are GORGEOUS!

    Love that last photo … so serene and colorful…

    June 19, 2012 at 6:04 pm

  3. Great images!

    June 19, 2012 at 6:06 pm

  4. Awesome shots! Istanbul is one of my top 3 cities to visit, and I loved your photos. Thank you for sharing. Congrats on being featured! 🙂

    June 19, 2012 at 6:13 pm

  5. paulgoree

    These are some nice LARGER than life pictures…nice work.

    June 19, 2012 at 6:15 pm

  6. I had no idea it is that beautiful! Thanks for sharing!


    June 19, 2012 at 6:19 pm

  7. Remarkable photos! . . . Felt like I was reliving my recent visit to Istanbul! Thank you for sharing!

    June 19, 2012 at 6:22 pm

  8. Carlie Chew

    Beautiful pictures!

    June 19, 2012 at 6:36 pm

  9. aytacgok

    very good observatıon and work.thanks

    June 19, 2012 at 6:44 pm

  10. I’ve been to Istanbul few years ago and completely agree with you; the city is grand, magnificent, full of people and great architecture! Food was awesome! Even for veggie like myself….Thank you for lovelyjubbly pics!

    June 19, 2012 at 6:51 pm

  11. magnific oras, magnifici oameni

    June 19, 2012 at 6:56 pm

  12. These photos are lovely! My husband is an archaeologist working on projects in Turkey. I haven’t been able to go as of yet, but I’m really hoping to soon.

    June 19, 2012 at 7:05 pm

  13. Great photos!

    June 19, 2012 at 7:15 pm

  14. Reblogged this on cashcodesystem.

    June 19, 2012 at 7:20 pm

  15. Great post! Beautiful pictures. I just had a nice few minutes of distraction while I’m at work.

    Please feel free to visit for virtual tours of New York.

    June 19, 2012 at 7:33 pm

  16. Thank you for sharing these very nice photos. Connie

    June 19, 2012 at 7:46 pm

  17. Your images capture the sea air and activity down at the harbour. There really is some history bound up in that city…

    If you ever have half a day to kill -get out on a boat to the Princess islands.


    June 19, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    • I agree with Ray. The Princess Islands are definitely worth a visit. It is wonderful to take a horse-carriage ride (there are no cars allowed) around the islands. Also, since you have to take the ferry from Kadikoy, you get to see the financial district of Istanbul, which gives a completely different picture.

      Your photos are beautiful and made me want to go back again. The one thing I love about Istanbul is that no matter how many days you spend there, you always discover a part you haven’t seen before.

      BTW, where did you take the first shot from?

      June 20, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      • The first shot was taken from a bar called the 360, in the Galata area, according to its name, it has an amazing 360° view over the city. A great place to unwind and have a drink at sunset,I highly recommend it!

        June 20, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      • Oooh, thanks. I will check it out the next time we transit in Istanbul on the way to Antalya.

        June 20, 2012 at 12:20 pm

  18. Your photographs are very good. I especially like the view of the Golden Horn of Istanbul.

    June 19, 2012 at 8:12 pm

  19. U took nice shoots.

    I love Istanbul.

    nice city. I never forget the times I spent it there with family.

    We all have nice times.

    I took the same pictures especially those houses on the beach.

    June 19, 2012 at 8:14 pm

  20. Beautiful! I was in Turkey last year and you’re right, it is a place of stunning beauty, history, art, architecture… all rolled into one sea-swept place. It was so overwhelming that I found myself not knowing what to write about — lest I leave something out — and ended up not doing much about Istanbul itself. Capadoccia was one of my favorite places, too. If you’re interested you can see some pics here

    June 19, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    • Hi Laura, thanks! Yes Istanbul is amazing – this was my first time there and I was truly captivated by its beauty, its activity and mystery…I totally recommend it! Your post & picts are great too – thanks for sharing!

      June 19, 2012 at 8:34 pm

  21. katececilem

    I have always wanted to visit Istanbul. These photos are beautiful!

    June 19, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    • Thanks a lot, I’m glad you liked them

      June 19, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      • katececilem

        I want to visit even more now! Thanks, I’ll keep looking out for more of your photos.

        June 19, 2012 at 8:35 pm

  22. Reblogged this on istanbuldanevar and commented:
    I want to commend this photographer’s efforts !

    June 19, 2012 at 8:32 pm

  23. Beautiful photos! I’ve never been to Turkey, but you make me want to visit…

    June 19, 2012 at 8:35 pm

  24. This is amazing! I want to visit the city even more!

    June 19, 2012 at 8:43 pm

  25. Beautiful, lively pictures. I especially like the one of the chef with the fish on the grill. I enjoy photos of food in open areas with markets and color.

    June 19, 2012 at 8:43 pm

  26. Sarah

    Thank you! I fell in love with Istanbul 15 years ago and have always wanted to go back. What a city! You describe it so well in your words and pictures.

    June 19, 2012 at 8:56 pm

  27. absolutely one of my favorite cities. you captured it perfectly!

    June 19, 2012 at 9:14 pm

  28. Lovely shots!! Thanks for the tour, I’ll be back to visit 🙂

    June 19, 2012 at 9:22 pm

  29. Megan

    Though I’ve never lived there, each time I step out of the airport in Istanbul, I feel like I’m “home”. It’s been a couple years since my last visit and I miss it terribly. Thank you for the quick visit. I can almost smell the Bosphorus.

    June 19, 2012 at 9:35 pm

  30. One of the best photos of the euroasian city I’ve seen. Congratulations

    June 19, 2012 at 9:35 pm

  31. beautiful photos

    June 19, 2012 at 9:56 pm

  32. Me too! Fabulous photography. Congrats on FP as well.

    June 19, 2012 at 10:17 pm

  33. beautiful pictures

    June 19, 2012 at 10:18 pm

  34. nycelectriciannewyorkny

    I had a great time in Istanbul NYC Electrician New York NY Electrical Contractor

    June 19, 2012 at 10:26 pm

  35. Max

    Isn’t it annoying to put all the pictures into the post? Did you have a faster way of doing it?

    June 19, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    • Actually no I just posted the photos one by one, it’s true it’s time consuming but I don’t mind, it allows you to think carefully about which one you want to post and in what order! 🙂

      June 20, 2012 at 7:37 am

  36. I have never seen more stunning photographs of Istanbul….

    June 19, 2012 at 10:32 pm

  37. I Wants to go now! Great and I love fish but can’t have it cause of all them bones!

    June 19, 2012 at 10:33 pm

  38. win

    Reblogged this on wincharles.

    June 19, 2012 at 10:44 pm

  39. win


    June 19, 2012 at 10:45 pm

  40. Val

    Looking at these photos I feel like I am there… beautiful!

    June 19, 2012 at 10:47 pm

  41. artculturestyle

    Beautiful shots! Now that’s a place I want to visit.

    June 19, 2012 at 10:50 pm

  42. beautifully documented pics 🙂

    June 19, 2012 at 11:06 pm

  43. This made my miss Istanbul so much. Thank you for sharing!

    June 19, 2012 at 11:19 pm

  44. Reblogged this on beatthecreditgame.

    June 19, 2012 at 11:26 pm

  45. I love the pics. I’ve just subscribe into your blog.

    June 19, 2012 at 11:31 pm

  46. crissamj

    Awesome shots!!

    June 19, 2012 at 11:36 pm

  47. My city. My people. My heart. Xo

    June 19, 2012 at 11:43 pm

  48. megscircle

    Thankyou for sharing, such a beautiful city

    June 19, 2012 at 11:46 pm

  49. Miss Y

    This is one of the places I definately wish to see if I get around to traveling overseas. Beautiful shots.

    June 19, 2012 at 11:54 pm

  50. Miss Y

    This is one of the places I definately wish to see if I get around to traveling overseas. Beautiful shots.

    June 19, 2012 at 11:54 pm

  51. amazing!!

    June 20, 2012 at 12:35 am

  52. Kai

    This is so beautiful and very much real. I love your captures!

    new follower
    Check me out some time:

    June 20, 2012 at 12:42 am

  53. Gorgeous pictures! Am I the only one who now has They Might Be Giants stuck in their head now?

    June 20, 2012 at 12:47 am

  54. Great pictures! I love seeing people’s real, personal photos of places instead of the airbrushed advertisements. It gives you a much better picture of a place. Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

    June 20, 2012 at 1:50 am

  55. Beautiful photos and good photographer, nice!

    June 20, 2012 at 2:17 am

  56. Beautiful photos! I Love traveling the world through other people’s blogs 🙂

    June 20, 2012 at 2:24 am

  57. What glorious images and what a fascinating place! Thank you for taking me away from my work desk on my lunch break. 😉

    June 20, 2012 at 2:45 am

  58. Brings back memories of my first trip abroad with my husband. What a gorgeous place!

    June 20, 2012 at 3:02 am

  59. One of my dream destinations! I love the 4th pic with the ship and the blue mosque just peeking thru on the left but the pic i love the most is the 2nd to the last one, the black and white pic with the cook blurred out and the blue mosque in the backdrop. gorgeous shot!!

    June 20, 2012 at 3:06 am

  60. Nice photos 🙂

    June 20, 2012 at 3:41 am

  61. I love the quality in these 🙂

    June 20, 2012 at 3:47 am

  62. jamesroom964x

    Amazing shot of the Hagia Sophia. Your colors really pop. I’ve always wanted to visit, maybe sometime this year.

    June 20, 2012 at 4:09 am

  63. Lived there, loved it! Yes, this city has an incredible feeling, both deep, alive, fierce, vast, romantic and mystic! Would love to go back!

    June 20, 2012 at 4:27 am

  64. Lived there, loved it! This city has an incredible feeling, both deep, vast, powerful, mysterious, romantic and mystic! Thanks for the reminder!

    June 20, 2012 at 4:29 am

  65. Lauren Y

    These are beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing. Istanbul is my favorite city. I hope to go back some day.

    June 20, 2012 at 4:31 am

  66. masedlolur


    June 20, 2012 at 4:48 am

  67. Istanbul has always been at the top of my list of places to visit…and I’m reminded why! Lovely photos!

    June 20, 2012 at 5:03 am

  68. those photos are fantabulous! it makes the place looks even more beautiful.

    June 20, 2012 at 5:10 am

  69. on numara kareler tebrik ederim..

    June 20, 2012 at 5:23 am

  70. What Great Pics…makes me want to pick up my camera and start travelling

    June 20, 2012 at 5:35 am

  71. Simply breathtaking! I could go on about how excellent these photos are. I was supposed to head to Istanbul in May but I had to cancel the trip for some reasons. But I really wanted to go there and whatever I’ve heard of this city makes me feel even more heartbroken that I couldn’t go there. Anyhow, wonderful photos! Congrats for being Freshly pressed!

    June 20, 2012 at 5:44 am

  72. yeaps… agree with you all: lovely pictures! thanks for sharing them, lovelyjubbly. Btw, are you going to show more photos of Istanbul? The spice market, Konya, etc.? I haven’t had the chance to visit these places as I was only on a short transit last time. I went to some parts of Topkapi, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and the tomb of Ayyub al-Ansari. Hope to visit Istanbul again in future.

    June 20, 2012 at 5:58 am

  73. just stunning! i really wanna go there someday..

    June 20, 2012 at 6:33 am

  74. Christina

    Thanks for sharing, I need to visit Istanbul someday!

    June 20, 2012 at 6:35 am

  75. Great photos! Great experience. I myself was there at the begining of June – just love Istanbul ad its atmopshere!

    June 20, 2012 at 7:16 am

  76. Rayna Tzvetkova

    Great photos. Great expereince. I myself was there at the beginning of June – just love the incredible atmosphere of this splendid city – Istanbul!

    June 20, 2012 at 7:18 am

  77. Nice! Thanks for sharing. you’ve confirmed Istanbul a place on my all-important List Of All Important Places To Visit

    June 20, 2012 at 7:28 am

  78. Great pictures 🙂

    June 20, 2012 at 8:04 am

  79. Larva


    June 20, 2012 at 8:22 am

  80. I commented , but my comment doesn’t appear…. I wrote that Istanbul is a city to the Sea of Marmaria , between Mediteranean Sea and Black Sea. You wrote about a freshness of ocean air 😀
    Yes , is an amazing big city of east , an mix of cultures and habits.
    Great post and excellent pictures! Congratulations!

    June 20, 2012 at 8:30 am

  81. Great shots, like them… 😉

    June 20, 2012 at 8:59 am

  82. echwaluphotography

    Lovely pictures! Lovely story!

    June 20, 2012 at 9:06 am

  83. Perfect timing, I was thinking about going to istanbul next month! Now I MUST go!!

    June 20, 2012 at 9:36 am

  84. Cindy Wu

    I felt i visited the Istanbul. This photos take me there. The Snail And the fishes are very nice and fresh, fishes attracts me.

    June 20, 2012 at 9:59 am

  85. Oh my God! haven’t seen some thing, this gorgeous. Nice place and nice camera work. Photography is an art, only some people with eyes can create…

    June 20, 2012 at 10:13 am

  86. Reblogged this on from "curiosita" to.. and commented:
    Your pix has urged the viewers to see the world. Nice!

    June 20, 2012 at 10:47 am

  87. Beautiful shots! I’ve been meaning to go there for some time – maybe next year I’ll be able to make it happen! So lovely….

    June 20, 2012 at 11:00 am

  88. abseitsdesmainstreams

    beautiful impressions 🙂 i’m amazed!

    June 20, 2012 at 11:27 am

  89. Gifted & Expressive

    awesome pics! Thanks for sharing!

    June 20, 2012 at 11:35 am

  90. Great pictures, I agree 😉

    June 20, 2012 at 11:37 am

  91. Makes me want to go to Istanbul 🙂

    June 20, 2012 at 11:50 am

  92. I´ve spent a lot of time for work in Istanbul and like any great city it´s a place of contrasts, the beautifuls and the ugly, rich and poor, etc etc. I love the Bospherous and watching the huge and many cargo ships and liners jostling for place…great food too. Nice photos and great colours and textures…..

    June 20, 2012 at 11:52 am

  93. Stunning. Never saw pictures of Istanbul.


    June 20, 2012 at 12:53 pm

  94. thank you for your nice comment of my amazing city…you take pics from Uskudar,my home^^you must sit there in sunset ,and take view to the Topkapı palace…..there are feelings in the world ,unexplainable…..Istanbul….is one of them greetings from Uskudar,you’re always welcome

    June 20, 2012 at 1:28 pm

  95. Stunning photos Astrid! You perfectly captured the beauty and magic of the Bosphorus! Istanbul is a magical place… it’s the land of fairy tales.

    June 20, 2012 at 1:30 pm

  96. Lovely pics.Have always wanted to travel and see places.Seems to me that I have visited Istanbul.

    June 20, 2012 at 1:36 pm

  97. Ha, I just got back from a short trip to Istanbul too. Totally agree, it’s an incredible city. Your photos capture the seaside aspect of it beautifully — thanks for sharing! (and in case you want to check out my post on Istanbul: )

    June 20, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    • Hi! Your 2 days in Istanbul look great, very nice pictures.

      June 20, 2012 at 3:31 pm

  98. Beautiful pictures, but not so accurate description 🙂 Istanbul is amazing, mystical, vibrant, but it is not only ‘by’ the sea. The sea runs ‘through’ the city like its veins. I love the fact that when you’re lost in streets, you can suddenly see the bright blue of the sea. It sometimes feels like all streets lead to the sea somehow. It’s a city divided by the sea, two coasts have totally different characteristics. Whichever part of the city you are, you can always hear the seagulls. It’s a very unique city that gets you under its spell once you set foot.

    June 20, 2012 at 2:55 pm

  99. Beautiful pictures! I really want to go now!

    June 20, 2012 at 3:09 pm

  100. i love the pictures with the fishes. i love photography. it captures memories. 😀

    June 20, 2012 at 3:21 pm

  101. Wow what amazing photography. Always wanted to visit Istanbul!

    June 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm

  102. just lovely…thanks for the post

    June 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm

  103. Absolutely wonderful, love the photography and the vivid description of Istanbul. Thank you for the post!!

    June 20, 2012 at 4:37 pm

  104. This is a fantastic post, great pictures! I’ve always wanted to visit Istanbul and your pictures have made me want to go NOW! I particularly lik the first one with the mosque in the background.

    June 20, 2012 at 4:37 pm

  105. outstanding pictures and what a glimpse into an ancient city.

    June 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm

  106. Stone Photography

    Thank you for sharing these amazing photos, Istanbul has always been a destination that I have longed to visit but always eluded me….

    June 20, 2012 at 5:16 pm

  107. i went to istanbul many years ago. yes, it’s as stunning as you pics!

    June 20, 2012 at 5:26 pm

  108. melissakoski

    amazingly beautiful photos!

    June 20, 2012 at 5:35 pm

  109. Gorgeous photos. I hope to visit there some day.

    June 20, 2012 at 5:41 pm

  110. Wow just imagine you can just swim next to a seaport chock full of ships and no pollution, water is great and blue, with ship horns bellowing and all….and delicious fresh sea food. Loved Istanbul. Going there again next month.

    June 20, 2012 at 5:54 pm

  111. Fantastic shots …and congratulations!

    June 20, 2012 at 5:58 pm

  112. I was in Istanbul a good few years ago and was blown away by its beauty and liveliness … thanks for letting me join in on your trip to the Turkish sea

    June 20, 2012 at 7:07 pm

  113. Truly amazing! I’ve never been, but I’d love to – along with 80% of the rest of the world. Now, to learn some Turkish!

    June 20, 2012 at 8:51 pm

  114. Wow! When I look at those pictures I feel as if I’ m there this instant! Actually, I’ ve never been. But after looking at those pictures, it’ s definately on my list! Congrats on getting FP! I’ ve got some locations I traveled to on my blog as well, for instance swiss mountains, italian islands and cities…and HDRs. I’ d love to see you there 🙂

    June 20, 2012 at 9:11 pm

  115. Salut, you have captured the essence of Istanbul really well. I love the heat radiating from the photos – makes me want to be there. I especially like the shot of the man frying the fish with the delicious veg by the side. The Bosphorus also looks very inviting indeed. Well deserved to get freshly pressed. Torie

    June 20, 2012 at 9:36 pm

  116. Wow breathtaking photos! Keep up the good work.

    June 20, 2012 at 9:36 pm

  117. Jen

    A fabulous city in my favourite country

    June 20, 2012 at 9:56 pm

  118. Unas fotos estupendas!!!

    June 20, 2012 at 10:51 pm

  119. azandels

    Hey! How long have you been there? Are you still there? If yes, let me offer you a cup of tea!

    June 20, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    • Hi there!
      Thank you so much that’s really sweet, unfortunately I was only in Istanbul for 4 days two weeks ago – but next time with great pleasure 🙂

      June 21, 2012 at 7:45 am

      • azandels

        Ok, let me know 🙂

        June 21, 2012 at 10:48 am

  120. hodgepodge4thesoul

    Insha’allah, I will go there someday. Absolutely exquisite land and seascapes-that water is so clear and blue! Thank you so much for sharing your trip 😀

    June 21, 2012 at 2:59 am

  121. aaaaamazing photographs!!! Thanks for sharing!! 😀

    June 21, 2012 at 4:39 am

  122. fashionablyfun

    Love swimming between 2 continents! Only in Istanbul!

    June 21, 2012 at 4:41 am

  123. beautiful pictures! totally not what i expected istanbul to look likge eithe!

    June 21, 2012 at 7:49 am

  124. fabulous photographs! i’d like to go to Turkey myself soon!

    June 21, 2012 at 10:40 am

  125. I would love to visit Turkey one day.

    Thanks for sharing the pics!

    June 21, 2012 at 11:23 am

  126. congratulation on being freshly pressed

    June 21, 2012 at 3:31 pm

  127. Lovely photos! Congrats on being freshly pressed! 🙂

    June 21, 2012 at 3:45 pm

  128. Trying to plan a trip there for next spring- fingers crossed!!

    June 21, 2012 at 4:12 pm

  129. I want to go there!! Awesome photos! 🙂

    June 21, 2012 at 5:17 pm

  130. Great post and stunning photos! I have never been to Istanbul but have family that have been. Would love to be able to visit 🙂

    June 21, 2012 at 10:34 pm

  131. Love this city ! Very nice photos – reminds me to visit again.

    July 2, 2012 at 1:02 pm

  132. You’ve done justice to the city 🙂

    July 3, 2012 at 12:58 am

  133. The photos give me the feeling that I’m there. Great work!

    July 16, 2012 at 12:04 am

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