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I know that this one should go to the 'kitsch family tourist snapshots' section' 8-), but I took a look at the rather large TE gallery of Istanbul and I didn't find any post showing these funny guys. I guess that in the old days they sold drinking water, but I suspect that the business nowadays is more oriented towards posing to tourists while selling them shorbet (thank you to sufi and batalay for letting me know the Turkish name), which is a refreshment drink that tastes like one that was quite common until recently in Portugal, made of currant fruits. Much more numerous and genuine than them, although not so visually striking, are street vendors of those breads that my son is holding.

As most of my scans, the quality is disappointing and the harsh backlight also didn't help, but being my first PP'ed scan from Turkey, I didn't resist posting it. I only hope that others will turn out better.

This was our first day in Istanbul. We didn't see much, but we surely had a great time enjoying the little part of the city where we strolled, which was just this area of Sultanahmet and the streets that go down from there to the sea side.

Istanbul is lovely as very few cities I know are, for a number of reasons - its location and views are beautiful, people are kind, there are impressive monuments to see in every corner that remind us all the time the glorious past of the city, the general atmosphere is very pleasant and lively, with a touch of romantic and exotic, an unique mix of East and West. For those (not me) that expected to find anything vaguely alike Middle East or North Africa the surprise is even greater as it has little to do with those places. In fact, except for the abundant signs of Islam, West Turkey in general and Istanbul in particular looks much more like Europe than with Middle East.

Location (latitude, longitude): 41.00721,28.97877

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