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Day 1 - Istanbul Old City Sights

So in spite of being thoroughly exhausted after a night of no sleep while I was travelling to Istanbul, can now add "The Grand Bazaar" and surrounding areas to my "sights" of yesterday early evening. Wasn't difficult as it is around the corner from my Hotel and followed after a very early dinner. I hadn't planned on the Grand Bazaar, but it had a notice board posted that spoke to me. Was quite amazing I didn't get lost in it for it is a huge size pretty much like the meandering streets of Old City Istanbul. The Grand Bazaar turned out to be one of the biggest I've seen and makes the one in Dubai look like a Dinky Toy in comparison. Leather products are pretty amazing with plenty of opportunities to have a custom jacket made. I think it is a merchant's mecca as I can just see someone setting up a business with their own label. If I hadn't been in the "get rid of all of my things in the UAE" mode, I may have wanted to buy some stuff.

Was thinking of TG as wherever I went and was checking sights there were cats, and the amazing thing in comparison with the UAE, where they are very jumpy and lack trust, these cats are perfectly at home in public perching every where on the sights as well. Including dogs. They do look a bit scraggly though. Probably won't get Mynx's seal of approval for health and hygiene. Razz

Took this photo in a different spot. Wonder whether they are related Razz

Can't believe how at peace this dog is in probably one of the busiest tourist spots in Istanbul - Old City - Sultanahmed.

9 blog comments below

I think Mynx wants you to send that dog her way. laugh
standready on Sun Jul 20, 2014 11:19 pm
Thanks for sharing the pics!
IceCreamTruck on Mon Jul 21, 2014 12:45 am
That cat in second pic almost looks like selling those fancy jewellery stuff. You know like how street vendors behave in a slow day, bit sleepy and lazy. lol

Well Cats are usually cleaner than dogs and like to stay clean I think. I'm a dog lover than cat fan but I have to admit cats do better in health and hygiene department with all the licking they do. lol How often do u see a dirty cat than a dirty dog ? ha
dude_xyx on Sat Jul 26, 2014 4:49 am
True dude. Although those cats in Istanbul didn't compare as well cleanliness wise than true domestic cats. Much better though than the trash can cats where I live. Where I live in the UAE your non-domestic cat that has to fend for itself is totally traumatized with a large ring of fear around it. And looks the role as well. Scraggly and dirty and dusty.
deanhills on Sat Jul 26, 2014 7:23 am
Well Still even your trash can cats are lucky comparing to feral cats in Some areas in China and Korea where cat meat is take just like any kind of other meat. btw from your photos these Turkish cats looks pretty clean to me. Smile
dude_xyx on Sat Jul 26, 2014 1:56 pm
Aww Kitties!!!! They're so cute and small and sleepy!
TheGremlyn on Thu Sep 11, 2014 3:57 pm
Actually that first kitty reminds me of our cat Mylo. He passed away less than a year ago I believe. But this one is kind of small and the hair reminds me of Mylo cause he looks all scruffy with new kitten hair. He never really developed into that older cat hair like in the next picture he just sort of stayed small.
TheGremlyn on Thu Sep 11, 2014 3:59 pm
Talking about kitties. I photographed quite a few on Day 2 in Istanbul as well. They just seem all to be part of the community. Total absence of a circle of fear that I'm so much used to here in the Middle East. They have a very secure sense of themselves in Istanbul.

These photos were taken around the Hagia Sophia, a very famous historic site of Istanbul - maybe the most famous since it is centuries old. The front entrance of the Hagia Sophia was populated with loads of tourists, all ready to go inside with suitable head coverings. I escaped that and went to the back of the Hagia Sophia and then found quite a number of cats, ducks and chickens who seem to be the real owners of the Sophia Hagia by their bearing. Virtually no human beings, nor tourists. Which is exactly the way I like it.

Here's a black cat Shocked on the steps on the back entrance of the Sophia Hagia (completely without any human around):

Here are some kittens playing behind the Hagia Sophia:

Notice how well they are looked after. The little grey kitten has an expensive bead bracelet around its neck:

This cat was photographed in the famous shopping area of Istanbul called Beyoglu. Notice how totally unafraid it is. The equivalent of a domestic cat in its home. That area of Beyoglu is usually one of the busiest in Istanbul - I was there quite early on a Sunday morning.

Back in Sultan Ahmed Historic District of Istanbul, when I was on my way to lunch noticed this kitty lounging very comfortably on a really nice motorbike.

deanhills on Fri Sep 12, 2014 12:40 pm
I want to pet them! I want to take them home! (but not really cause I'm already insane)
TheGremlyn on Sat Sep 13, 2014 3:55 am

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