NOT the Blue Mosque, but the Hagia Sophia church, also known as St. Sophia. This is the view from the balcony of my hotel room! Not too shabby! If you are traveling to Istanbul, this is a perfect boutique hotel to stay: http://www.andhotel.com/
Some of the local wildlife! Feral cats occupy the untouched, and beautiful Old Istanbul train station that was the inspiration for the Agatha Christy novel, Murder On The Orient Express.
A man fishes from the Galata Bridge which on the Bosporus in Istanbul. The Blue Mosque is seen in the background.
To get images of the spectacular Blue Mosque, with no tourists in the shot... Get there at 6:30am!!
There are no words that describe the beauty of the Blue Mosque.
Blue Mosque in Istanbul early in the morning with a beautiful sky.
One of the many cool views inside Istanbul's Grand Bazaar.
Aside from spices, jewellery, knock-offs and housewares, it appears one can purchase low-rider jeans!
Another beautiful mosque later in the day. Now, THIS is a chandelier!
The Imam was inspirational and it was a pleasure to be there and listen in this ancient mosque where tourists never come.
Sadly, selfie sticks have made it into even sacred spaces! That's all I will say on the subject of how people are fixated on themselves!
It took a while until just the right figure entered the shot!
The ancient aqueducts under the city of Istanbul, built by the Romans.
A bird is seen flying over the Blue Mosque in the distance. Photographed through a small window in the Hagia Sophia.
Inside the Hagia Sophia, a man takes a moment to rest and enjoy the quiet and cool air in the Hagia Sophia.
Inside the Hagia Sophia. Once a Greek Orthodox Basilica, it hen became and Imperial Mosque. It is now a stunning museum in Istanbul.
Playing in the Bosphorus
Once a fish market, this is now a welcome place out of the sun and heat to have some food and refreshment!
A woman walks into the light in this Greek Orthodox church in Istanbul.
As I was shooting the city scene, this seagull flew in and landed mere inches away, not afraid at all!
Rooftops of old Istanbul.
Before the Whirling Dervish performance
After the Whirling Dervish performance
No, not me! But I did buy a bathing suit and may cool off like this tomorrow!