It’s the second time I go to Istanbul. This time (November) it’s colder ad less populated. Yes, you heard me right, the middle of the tourist quarter – Sultanahmet – looked just like a set for a deserted village. This is even more strange if you take into consideration that Istanbul is a 12.5 million inhabitants city. But don’t take my word for it, here are images shot on a Tuesday, around noon:
Wandering around in the people-free area, I found this mosaic-house, which I thought deserved being featured here:
The goal of this stroll was to find a place to eat. I did follow the receptionist’s advice and went to Magnaura Cafe (and Restaurant). Food was nice, tea was warm, cocktails were cool! I do think however that they overdid a bit the flambee part:
Also, please advise if this area is the ‘gay area’ in Istanbul, because the only women I saw in the bars were (just like us) foreigners. All the Turkish “pairs” I encountered were male-male. None of them were holding hands or anything BUT none of them had girls….