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Friday, March 14, 2008

More Istanbul pics...

...for Witty, who never seems to tire of them.



I think the sign explains this one well. It was interesting to me that you could see how much they had to dig to get down to the base of the arch. It showed how much earth had built up over time.


School kids on a field trip.


The people walking in the midst of the pigeons were selling birdseed. I thought that was interesting...buying birdseed to feed the pigeons. What really surprised me was that the pigeons weren't attacking the bags of open birdseed but waited until people scattered it. And for those of you paying attention...yes, that is a simit seller on the right. I didn't buy one...this time!


The guy front and center is Ataturk, the father of modern Turkey. If you really want to know more about him I will just let you google him.


A basket shop. Notice that there are decorative scarecrows for sale and that it is March. Doesn't matter here. I probably could have found Christmas decorations as well if I had looked.


Old wall meets new wall.


Beef on a spit...or Doner as we call it here. It can be eaten on bread or wrapped in a tortilla with onions, pickles, and french fries (yes...wrapped in the tortilla). They also serve it over rice, but that isn't walk-the-streets eatable.

7 comments:

WItty Writer gal said...

Awww, Natalie, I feel all special that you put these up just for me!!

I love these pictures so much, that I would sit through a complete slide presentation of them! Seriously, I have learned a great deal from seeing them. Thank you!

WItty Writer gal said...

Natalie, you can say no and I will understand, but would you mind if I used the one with the walls as my computer background picture?

It kind of describes my life right now, and I love the way the wall looks... I can't stop going back to look at it....

I am a nerd I know!

Natalie said...

witty - i'm glad you liked them and are learning. i guess i am good for something! and of course you can use the wall picture. of course. i mean...the shoeshine boys one would be my choice, but the wall is good, too!

Mike S said...

Hey!! Witty ain't the only one lovin' dem pics!! I just keep havin' a hard time keepin' up with your prolific writer self:)

Natalie said...

mike - thanks. i loved taking them of course. and yeah...i try to blog everyday...but sometimes it's more than that! sorry for overload!

Mike S said...

Never appologize for creating something of beauty:)

Natalie said...

mike - ok. advice taken.