July 11th, 2012 my family, Melissa, our friend Özge met at Istanbul, Turkey, to explore and walk around the city. These images were taken all over the city. We walked from the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world, to the Hagia Sophia; a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica and later a mosque.
We walked to the highest point of the city, heading towards an old tower called Galata which was located at the top of a hill full of houses, apartments, stores, and cafes. Weaving up these hills of streets with apparently no street signs, because they are hidden on the walls of the building.
We made it up and got a 360 view of the entire city! It was one of the best moments I had on the trip.
Bulgaria is to the northwest and Greece to the west, both of which we were headed to next.