The Beauty of Istanbul

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Words by Dalene Heck / Photography by Pete Heck

“If one had but a single glance to give the world, one should gaze on Istanbul.”

~ Alphonse de Lamartine, French Poet

Let’s not forget, lost in the headlines of protest and unrest, the beauty of this incredible city.

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  1. I really like your “something in the foreground with something fancy in the background” shots. For a long time I only ever took photos for myself, so I didn’t care if they looked cool or not, just that they kept the memories in place. Never again!

  2. I’m digging all the Turkey posts lately. Reminds me of the beautiful parts of Turkey while I sit at home to avoid all the protests 😉

  3. Wow, these photos are amazing! I love the architecture. I’ve never really thought about visiting Istanbul. Clearly I should be though!

    1. It’s an incredible city. I’ve been there on three separate occasions, and already I want to go back.

  4. Such lovely photos! Amazingly, I just won a free ticket on Turkish Airlines and am thinking of going to Istanbul in spite of the current unrest. Turkey has been on my list for a long while and I feel like it’s finally time to go.

  5. Beautiful photos! I’ve been there 2 weeks ago and absolutely fell in love with this city as you guys did. I hope I could go back some time soon for a bit longer than just 5 days.

  6. Wow. The pictures are so beautiful. It makes me sad that those of us who haven’t made it to Turkey yet may have to wait some time for the unrest to settle. I guess I’ll just have to enjoy your insight into that lovely country for now.

  7. What a city, wonderful pictures, i am really aching for istanbul
    Many Thanks for the blog,
    almost for two hours, i have been reading your reviews, i took many notes where to go and what i have missed in the past while visiting same places
    I think you have also missed a place in turkey
    I am in love “mardin”, where is an ancient city in the southern turkey
    Whole city is like an open air museum, in my opinion it is as unique as cappadocia
    And if you visit there, i highly suggest to visit “harran” and “halfeti” as well

  8. Oh beautiful, beautiful Istanbul! Having been to Turkey the last three years, I am so sad for the instability now due to Erdogan.
    What lovely people, fabulous food, incredible history and architecture…..May she return to stability soon!

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