Riding the Tram, İstiklal Avenue

Riding the Tram, İstiklal Avenue

The historic trams that travel down the middle of İstiklal Avenue don't move very fast or carry that many people, but they are nice relics that will get you from one end of the pedestrian thoroughfare to the other. Of course, if you hitch a ride like this guy, it's also free.

The avenue itself is quite nice if a little touristy and the old architecture is mixed with modern, global retail shops. At night the place really fills up with people and you get to see a more secular, trendier side of Istanbul.

The randomness of Istanbul really becomes apparent when you dive off onto one of the many side streets. You might get a tiny lane crowded with cafes and people relaxing with a drink and a narguileh, or you might get a totally dark street that looks completely run down and shitty. Then, to top it all off, that shitty street will have an absolutely amazing restaurant on it - which is where we went next.

To experience Istanbul is to always experience the unexpected.

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Camera: NIKON D90
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Focal Length: 10 mm
35mm Focal Length: 15 mm
Exposure: 1/160 sec
Aperture: f 8
ISO: 200


Taken: 2010-05-29 17:02:48
Posted: 2010-06-18 | 01:52





Riding the Tram, İstiklal Avenue

Riding the Tram, İstiklal Avenue

The historic trams that travel down the middle of İstiklal Avenue don't move very fast or carry that many people, but they are nice relics that will get you from one end of the pedestrian thoroughfare to the other. Of course, if you hitch a ride like this guy, it's also free.

The avenue itself is quite nice if a little touristy and the old architecture is mixed with modern, global retail shops. At night the place really fills up with people and you get to see a more secular, trendier side of Istanbul.

The randomness of Istanbul really becomes apparent when you dive off onto one of the many side streets. You might get a tiny lane crowded with cafes and people relaxing with a drink and a narguileh, or you might get a totally dark street that looks completely run down and shitty. Then, to top it all off, that shitty street will have an absolutely amazing restaurant on it - which is where we went next.

To experience Istanbul is to always experience the unexpected.

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Camera: NIKON D90
Lens Type:
Focal Length: 10 mm
35mm Focal Length: 15 mm
Exposure: 1/160 sec
Aperture: f 8
ISO: 200


Taken: 2010-05-29 17:02:48
Posted: 2010-06-18 | 01:52


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