In December 2011 I reached Istanbul after a 9 month overland trip from Kathmandu. Having followed the Silk Road through Central Asia, Istanbul was a significant milestone; the end of the Silk Road and my journey’s crossing from Asia into Europe.
Istanbul is a truly unique city, and I loved it. The blend of Asia and European and layers of history from Byzantine to Roman, Ottoman to modern Turkey. Today’s markets are still captivating, the hammams a fantastic place to relax and the food wonderful. I can’t wait to go back.
I took this photo on the Galata Bridge and it sums up Istanbul for me, the domes and minarets from old historic mosques, reflected in the new glass of modern Istanbul’s cafe culture.