The long strip of green lawn along the golden horn shore is a nice place to just sit and watch the world go by. This is a neighborhood park for Balat families having picnics on its vast green lawns.
There are lots of local activities going on in this park - lots of locals catching fish much like those ones on top of the Galata bridge, small fishing boats, the view of the bosphorous shore, a local footbal ground. The whole place is kinda romantic and melancholic at the same time especially during the uncrowded weekdays. I think it's a perfect place to just relax after a tiring day.
I'd say the Camlica Hill is an out-of-the-beaten path considering the distance of the place from the main highlights of Sultanahmet or Taksim.
It's located in the Asian shore in the neighborhood of Uskudar.
Camlica Hill is a local families retreat and really crowded during the weekends with picnicking families.
Due to its really nice landscape and the view of the whole city, it's a favorite place for doing a wedding photography. I've seen probably 3 couples doing photo shoots in the area, or maybe they got married somewhere around there?
From Taksim Square bus terminal, I took bus no. 129T and got off at Turistik Camlica Caddesi bus stop in the asian side, after crossing the expansive bridge.
Balat is the neighborhood I've been wanting to find In Istanbul, just that I don't know it before. I just happen to wander around the area when I was looking for the Fethiye Mosque (Theotokos Pammakaristo Church).
Balat is predominantly jewish quarter in the olden times. Beautiful old houses, lots of derelict houses, old mansions, very local scenes.
This place is not the usual touristic area I got accustomed to in Sulatanahmet or Taksim. I did not see any single tourist wandering around the place, except maybe for a group of elderly toutists herd by a bus.
The neighborhood is evidently populated by conservative Muslims, it is one of the more devoutly religious parts of the city. Manywomen walking up and down the winding streets are wearing black cloack covering them from head to toe. Same goes with the male population with religious head cover and long beards, not the usual getups you'll see in most touristic area. It's a different side of Istanbul that most tourists missed to see. I just saw the place after dozens of visit to the city - and I thought I've seen it all.
Balat has recently undergone a rehabilitation, a project of the municipality (Fatih) in partnership with the EU.
The Galata Bridge crosses the Golden Horn into Eminönü and the mouth of the Bosphorus opens into the Marmara Sea. Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii) and Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya) stand up on the hill. Thus Eminönü is the main tourist destination in Istanbul.
Its district Laleli is buzzing with hotels, bars and people from former Soviet Republics buying discount clothing (and I lived in a hotel located there).
You may watch my 2 min 28 sec HQ Video Istanbul Daytime walk along Eminonu with Yusuf Islam - If you ask me.
You may watch my high resolution photo of Istanbul on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 41° 1' 10.06" N 28° 58' 1.20" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Eminonu.
Beyoglu is a district of Istanbul located on the European side. It is separated from the old city by the Golden Horn. The district encompasses other neighborhoods located north of the Golden Horn, including Galata, and is connected to the old city center across the Golden Horn through the Galata Bridge and Unkapani Bridge.
Beyoglu is the most active art, entertainment and night life centre of Istanbul.
You may watch my 3 min 21 sec HQ Video Istanbul Beyoglu and Galata Tower with Askin Nur Yengi – Bocrum Olsun Turkish pop music.
You may watch my high resolution photo of Istanbul on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 41° 1' 31.10" N 28° 58' 29.01" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Beyoglu .
Fatih is one of the largest and central districts of Istanbul. It constitutes the old quarter of the city conquered by Mehmed II the Conqueror, it is also called as the "real Istanbul" or the "first Istanbul".
Fatih sits within the Roman walls, is home to Fatih Mosque, the first prominent Ottoman mosque in Istanbul. Since it is the primary historical area of the city, it contains some of the most important historical monuments in the city.
You may watch my 1 min 05 sec HQ Video Istanbul Fatih area with Muslim Prayer.
Besiktas is a district of Istanbul, located on the European side of the city, by the coast of the Bosphorus.
Besiktas district council administers a number of key locations running up the Bosphorus on the European side and the land on the hills behind these settlements. Thus, the district includes some of Istanbul's best-known spots, such as Dolmabahce Palace and Ortaköy.
We know the name of the club's football team which is one of the top three in Turkey and has won Turkish Super League titles many times and participated in the UEFA Champions League
Galata is located at the northern shore of the Golden Horn, the inlet which separates it from the historic peninsula of old Constantinople. The Golden Horn is crossed by several bridges, most notably the Galata Bridge.
Galata was a colony of the Republic of Genoa between 1273 and 1453. The famous Galata Tower was built by the Genoese in 1348 at the northernmost and highest point of the citadel.
You may watch my high resolution photo of Istanbul on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 41° 1' 33.95" N 28° 58' 34.03" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Galata.
Üsküdar is a large and densely populated district of Istanbul, on the Anatolian shore of the Bosphorus right opposite the heart of the great city.
It is directly opposite the old city of Eminönü and transport across the Bosphorus is easy by boat or bridge. Its promenade is lined with cafes and restaurants, the most famous and prominent of which is not on the coast but out in the water: Kiz Kulesi (Maiden's Tower), is a small tower just off the coast that has existed since Byzantine times and from time to time has been used as a toll booth.
You can watch my 5 min 44 sec HQ Video Istanbul Bosporus Uskudar part I out of my Youtube channel with music Turk.
You may watch my high resolution photo of Istanbul on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 41° 2' 22.96" N 29° 2' 6.54" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Bosphorus Uskudar.
The museum is the first major museum in Turkey dedicated to the history of Transport, Industry and Communications.
There are some interior exhibitions besides outdoor exhibitions. You ll see very interesting things at the museum and you can also see how TV, radio, engines, dishwasher etc. in general the machines are working while you're fascinated by the old classical cars like 1941 model Mercedes-Benz classics or 1967- Buick.
Outside the museum there is a plane and submarine!!
Another interesting thing at the museum is the train which runs between Haskoy and Sutluce. Enjoy a short ride in one of the period carriages behind a 1960s Ruston and Hornsby diesel locomotive, or a 1970s Baguley-Drewry. This facility is free for the museum visitors and it runs every hour on Saturday and Sunday.
RKM is open daily 10.00-17.00 except Monday
Entrance fee is 9 TL (4-4,5 EUR)
It is located in Haskoy, Golden Horn.
To reach there, you can take a bus and dolmus but I think taking ferry is the best way. Take the Uskudar – Eyup Line Boats (http://www.ido.com.tr/index.cfm?page=SubPage&kapsam=224&textid=1700&ln=TR)
With so many visuals and what seems like hidden door ways, Sultanahmet life can be found in the deep recesses of it's stone facades. Sometimes it takes getting to know people to find out that you have been walking past little treasures everyday on your way to some monumental sight. Well here my camera opens some doors.
While there are numerous Bosphorous cruises to the mouth of the Black Sea, me and my friends made the drive up to this area. Passing a university along the way, as well as, new housing developments of the very upscale variety, we came into view of the Black Sea. Passing through a few fishing villages with boats and nets strewn about, we arrived to the port of Rumeli Feneri. While there is not much to do there except eat super-fresh seafood, I think it is worth the trip to see all of the massive ships entering the Bosphorous, a testament to the importance of the river to Istanbul's life.
The great Camlica Hill stands about four kilometers east of Uskudar and can be reached by car. It is the taller of the twin peaks of Mount Bulgurlu, the highest point in the vicinity of Istanbul, 267 meters above sea level. It has a small teahouse in the midst of the pine grove which gives the peak its name.
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