Istanbul – Day Three

Tuesday 17th February 2015.

For this post, I tried to write less and let the pictures speak for themselves.

I woke up and realised that it was already Tuesday, time went so quick that we were already at the middle of our trip. I always judge the holiday on a time spectrum to see where I am at.

I felt happy that we had achieve so much so far and the next on our list was the beautiful Blue Mosque.

I put a crazy roll of film into my camera: the Rollei Digibase CN200. I had never used that roll before but the results I saw on flickr or tumblr was mind blowing to say the least.

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Got ready to go to Aksaray to take the Tramway but to our surprise everything was snowed in

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It was a shock to see so much snow and I just couldn’t grasp the coldness of the weather. i said to my brother jokingly: “Hmm I thought you were taking me on Holiday I didn’t ask for Alaska”

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I absolutely love this film, it looks so vintage, warm but also cold at the same time

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My brother braving through the snow

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We arrived at the masjid to pray dhuhr.

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It was such an awesome time and we had so much fun with my brother just walking in snow and laughing the whole time.

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We were so hungry, we went to get something to eat before we could go to Topkapi Museum

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We walked a long and difficult road in the snow to reach the Blue Mosque

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The more I was walking towards the mosque the more the snow was falling and it became a blizzard.

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It was so snowed in it was crazy!

We entered the masjid for salat ul Asr

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A tornado of snow started at the entrance of the masjid

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We entered and enjoyed the quick look before the Iqama

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Again the cold breeze of winter travelled through the old mosque and the smell of the carpets really made me feel melancholic. I was starting to imagine what Makkah would be like.

I realised after praying that there were many people looking at us praying and taking pictures.

As we finished we made our way out but this time towards the Topkapi Museum. We walked a long way to get to the entrance to pay.

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This place was stunning and I cried a lot because they displayed many hadiths on beautiful canvases.

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That’s how much there was.

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We entered another gate and this was where the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) and His companions (May Allah be pleased with them) belongings were.

It was forbidden to take pictures but I managed to get the sword of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

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This place was so gorgeous in the snow I could barely press the shutter due to the coldness of the weather.

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We left the building and finished the tour of the museum ending with a beautiful recitation of the Qur’an.

We made our way to the end of the road to have lunch and towards Emoni as we intended to do the boat trip again.

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But to our deception we realised that the last boat had left 20 minutes ago. We took pictures of the timings and decided to do it on Thursday.

We went into a camera place that was filled with 100s of film camera shops. It was insane.

We went back to the hotel to relax as the cold was eating away our body heat.

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We stumbled across a market and saw some brothers gathered around a bin set on fire to provide warmth.

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We went through the Old Bazaar which was quite beautiful.

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After a long walk back from the Blue mosque to Aksaray to go home.

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Author: Nadeem Karim

| London / Paris Photographer - Mu'min |

2 thoughts on “Istanbul – Day Three”

  1. I love the cool blues in these pictures and it’s fascinating to see some of these snow-swept images of famous Istanbul sights. You’ve got some great shots here!

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