Of all the things to do when traveling,
people watching is easily the cheapest and most enjoyable way to get an
idea of what life is really like in a place. Turkey is absolutely no exception.
Here are a few glimpses of the people we saw on our trips:
On our ferry trip up the Bosphorus, we
saw many fairly typical scenes: a fisherman taking a break, a woman resting
while doing her laundry, 3 generations of family waiting for the next boat,
and a net-repair crew hard at work.
Getting ready to serve a sizzling
Keeping the coals nice and hot
And a whirling dervish performs for the
During the evenings of Ramadan, the
streets come alive and the shops are busy. Above, a juicer squeezes an
orange for a drink while a hookah hawker rustles up business.
Giving change back on a purchase
Making homemade wrap bread
Taking an order for swirled candies
day, other sorts of professions make their way into the limelight
A spiced tea seller in front of the Hagia
Sopia (left), a roadside weaver sets up her stand (above), and a carpet
weaver brings his wares to the shop (below) where a patient salesman waits
for the day's first customer (below, left).
In fact, I found the theme of "carpet
salesman doing crossword puzzle" to be repeated quite often across the
I wonder if those three all went shawl-shopping
at the same stand
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