Saturday, April 07, 2007

Scenes from Istanbul

As we drove into Istanbul on our way to Bulgaria I took some pictures to share with you.

This car has been decorated for a wedding. It is sitting outside of a Cicekcilik which means florist. The florist decorates the car with ribbons and a attaches a large flower arrangement to the hood. (A bus was coming up between us and the car so I snapped the picture before it got in the way and ended up missing the flowers on the front of the car!) The hearts on the back have the first initials of the couple. It is customary for the bride and groom to drive through the neighborhoods after the ceremony. People honk at them and kids will jump in front of the car to stop it and ask for money.

This is a carpet shop. They sell modern looking carpets and small area rugs. On the far right you can see rolls of carpet runners that can be cut to size. This store probably doesn't sell the nicer Turkish carpets you hear about.

A fruit and vegetable stand.

Brian actually touching a bus that pulled up next to us. There were probably only 2 lanes for traffic, but the Turks don't let that stop them. They squeeze by wherever they can find room! Brian didn't even have to reach out to touch the bus!

There were crowds of people on the streets this Sunday afternoon. I tried to get a good picture, but this was the only one that came out. The building in the center of the picture is a pretty typical apartment building.


Anonymous said...

Glad you're back safe and sound...looking forward to hearing more about your trip.

Gina said...

I am scared of the traffic here, let alone there. Glad to hear you guys had a good time.

Amy said...

Great picture of Brian!

Natalie said...

Okay...Amy that was hilarious! I didn't even think about the fact that Brian's face wasn't in the picture. I was trying to get the window and the bus. I knew I didn't get his face when I took it, but since it wasn't what I was going for I didn't care. It was hard to take since I was right next to him in the van, and the traffic was starting to move. He needed to stop touching the bus and drive!

Amy said...

Actually, part of his face was in the picture... and he was smiling. Poor guy- he probably has a complex now. He will most likely need therapy to work through this whole ordeal.