24 April, 2010

Return to İstanbul

lucky shot from the Prınce's Islands ferry

With new friends in Istanbul, i had no reason not to return - and with a long weekend at my disposal, i did just that. In celebration of the national Children's Day, Turkish flags hung everywhere, and Turkiye takes flags seriously. As you can see from the image below. Kız Kulesi, in the foreground, is a popular landmark, though it's dwarfed by the skyscrapers of Levent.  

Kiz Kulesi (Maiden's Tower) and the Levent skyline

One evening on this trip, friend Mustafa and i were invited by a friend to a soldier's "getting out of the army" party. Military service is mandatory in Turkiye, .....more coming....