There’s a particular pleasure in travelling slowly.
There’s the opportunity to spend less time running around, desperately checking off sights on a must-do list, and more time to simply stay still and soak up the atmosphere. You can visit a far-flung neighborhood, stay in a park and people-watch, take an afternoon to sit in a cafe, or even just go for a long walk from one end of the city to another.
When an extra week opened up in my schedule for Istanbul, I rushed to take it slow. It’s been a while since I’ve done anything in B&W, so I decided to practice a bit around the neighborhood I was staying in. I doubt I would have been able to do so if I only had three days, running around trying to see all the ‘important sights.’
Below are photos from a long walk through Istanbul’s Beyoglu district, starting from Cihangir and ending in Karakoy. Thoughts on the result?
Istanbul, I’m glad I took the time.