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    It was istanbul in 1990









    This last summer I scanned old slides from my trip to Istanbul in December 1990,

    I never went back there so I guess things have changed,Nevertheless I keep good memories of this hectic city, amazing mix between Europe and Asia, history and modernity, secularism (in French laïcité) and religion,

    Yes, maybe « between » could be the more approptiate word to discribe Istanbul in a geographic, social an even ethnic point of view.

    As for me, I liked the contrast between the crowded street activity, the anarchic trafic in the wide avenues, the ceaseless comings and goings of ferries in the harbour, on the one hand and the peaceful places you find here and there, in the other hand.






    For a start, some street views,









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        That was interesting - my first visit to Istanbul was around the same time, maybe even a year earlier.

        I remember it well - the chaos part about it. Such an amazing place!
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          Fishing Harbour not far from Galata bridge.









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            Those years gone...

            Actually, I'm a bit surprised at the fishing boats in post 5 - 2 looks a lot like some of the fishing boats in for example Thailand.
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              Dolmuº

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              A row of dolmuº vans


              In Turkey and Northern Cyprus, dolmuº (pronounced [do̞ɫmuʃ][1]) are share taxis that run set routes within[2] and between[1] cities.

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              Their name is derived from Turkish for "seemingly stuffed" referencing the fact that in days past these taxis were often filled to the brim.[3] They depart from the terminal only when a sufficient number of passengers have boarded.
              In some cities dolmuº are only allowed to board and disembark passengers at designated stops or at terminals;[1] in less busy locations passengers may board anywhere along the route. In fact, a dolmuº with empty seats may slow to a crawl in the hopes of picking up a few more riders.[3]
              A foreign passenger described the ride as being "terrifying, awe-inspiring, confusing, incomprehensible, charming, hospitable and alien", and those unfamiliar with them may be surprised by the speed of dolmuº travel.[4]
              In Turkey the vehicles used are often brand-new minibuses,[3] but in some parts of Cyprus you can–as of 2009–still see aging Mercedes-Benz stretch limos serving as dolmuº.[5]
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              An Otokar M-2000 dolmuº


              In Turkey the industry is regulated. Despite the meaning of their name, laws prevent these minibuses from becoming too crowded.[3] In Turkish controlled Northern Cyprus, dolmuº routes are leased and vehicles are licensed



              In 1990 it was still a service by old limousines, and I enjoyed the funny and friendly atmosphere you can get aboard. Even though I often arrived to places I didn't expect!!!

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              • Ralf__
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                Your picture looks like a Cubanean scenery!!

              • yvneac
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                Yes it does.Unfortunately, I think those limousines don't exist anymore. A ride aboard was a kind of adventure.....

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              Galata tower, built during the XIIth century, located in the old "european" district of Pera-Beyoglu.A part of the fortifications edified by the Genovese comunity.





              Istanbul seen from the top of the tower


              In the background, Uskudar the Asian bank of the city

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                Originally posted by yvneac View Post
                In the background, Uskudar the Asian bank of the city
                I was immediately drawn to the three ocean liners at the dock.... the middle one I suspect could be the Franconia(?)
                With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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                • yvneac
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                  Don't know....But you are an expert on the subject, Captain.

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                Here and there, when idling about the Streets, you could find houses made of wood often built at the begening of XXth century. In 1990, the authorites planned to save and restore some of them.I don't know if they managed to do so.







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                  Along the Bosphore











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                    Those wooden houses are so charming - hope they still remain till this day!

                    I personally also remember many of those waterside villas along the shores of the Bosphorus.
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                      Sainte Sophie, the Blue Mosquee or Topkapi are the great monuments of Istanbul but, as for me the discovery of Saint Sauveur in Chora was my best aesthetic experience. This Byzantine Church houses some very fine mosaics and frescoes.

                      Here is the Anastasis (Resurection)



                      The Wiki link
                      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chora_Church

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