Yerebatan Cistern. This extraordinary feat of Roman engineering, enlarged to its present
dimensions by the Emperor Justinian I in 532, was used to store water for the Great Palace.
No matter how many times I take visitors around Istanbul, I always try to find new angles to showcase this city in my photography. Even the exact same shot, taken on a different day in different circumstances, can become unique - well in my eyes anyway. I never tire of photographing this amazing city!
So when Christine and Hanna came to stay, I happily grabbed my camera, and took them on a lightning tour of Istanbul's most iconic sights.
Photographs create memories, and here is a snapshot of some of the most memorable moments I captured, of their time in Istanbul.
We began in the tour in the Yerebatan Cistern (also known as the Basilica Cistern). This is a challenge for any photographer, as it is quite dark down there underground, and the lighting is more for the effect. Also, tripods are forbidden, unless one is prepared to pay a fee, which, the last time I asked, was 250TL.
Of course, food featured large on our trip, as who can ignore the many delightful culinary delights on offer in Istanbul?
This is Kunefe, a delicious dessert made with shredded pastry, cheese, and sugar,
served with ground pistachio nuts sprinkled over the top.
We visited the Rustem Pasa Mosque...
...famous for its beautiful Iznik tiles
While we were in the area, we couldn't fail to visit the Spice Bazaar, and try some Turkish delight!
While Christine explored this shop...
...Hanna and I photographed the exquisite plates in the room above
Part of the colourful tiled wall display in the underground station of the Marmaray
The Marmaray is the underground train tunnel that runs under the Bosphorus, linking the European side with Asia. We used this as an alternative to the usual ferry.
Hanna (with the camera) and Christine in the courtyard of the favourites,
in the Topkapi Palace
Enjoying the day at the Topkapi Palace
We watched these ladies making gözleme (a sort of filled pancake)
...and then couldn't resist trying some
Christine in the Blue Mosque
Hanna in the Blue Mosque too!
...and we couldn't miss the Suleymaniye Mosque
We packed so much into such a short time, but it was fun! I hope Christine and Hanna enjoyed it too, and come back to visit again some time
by Elizabeth Coughlan