Around the same period of Arab Spring, people marched through Istiklal Street in the main part of Istanbul. I didn’t know exactly what they were protesting for, but there were police on standby with full riot gear. Ready to kick some ass in case shit hit the fan.
Rakı is an anise based spirit that is popular in Turkey. Similar to Anissette from Italy or Ouzo from Greece. It’s pretty strong stuff that most people like to drink with a bit of spring water.
A river that cuts Istanbul in half is the official division between Europe and Asia. This strait was considered a very important waterway that has seen millions of ships pass by. It was fun to jump back and forth to be in two different continents on the same day.
This place is basically a large flea market with some historical value. In the past, they used to conduct a lot of business here. Now it’s just a place for tourists to go to buy overpriced souvenirs.
Right next to the Hagia Sophia with no cover charge!
The line was too long so I didn’t go in. I don’t regret it.