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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

İstanbul under snow...

First snow wave is already over but we are waiting for the second one later today. Years ago in the early 80s, I was an exchange student in West Virginia - USA. When the first snow of the season covered all over the small town of Keyser, the most frequent question my friends asked me was if I like the snow. They were probably assuming that, coming from Turkey, I was seeing the snow for the first time in my life. Actually the reality was much different. At the time my family was living in a mid Anatolian town -Eskisehir- which was under snow and ice during the entire winter months. Snow only started to vanish slowly in the early days of the spring.

Well, world became a much smaller place since then and today I want to share some snowy photos of İstanbul taken during the last snow blanket.










All photos are taken from the facebook page of İstanbul.

34 comments:

  1. İstanbula yine mi kar yağdı bugünlerde ? Yani şu şubat ayı içerisinde ? Çok güzel fotolar
    Sevgiler
    Ashley

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  2. Love those evocative photos. We never get snow like that here in Izmir but after all these years, I am still not sure if that fact makes me happy or disappointed.

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  3. beautiful photos! and I'm jealous of the snow. (it's cold here but it hasn't snowed in weeks)

    I especially love the photo of the kids playing in the snow, and the one of the tables, tree and sun umbrellas in the courtyard.

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  4. It all looks so different under snow. And it looks like the good citizens of Istanbul take it in good humor.

    Here to the east snow is expected on Thursday. But only above 1000 meters. That leaves me out. :(

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  5. My goodness it's magical! Love the coloured lights in the tree and the beautiful red tram...

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  6. oh..beautiful and your photos are superb ! especially that of the tramway...it is so unusual for me to visualize Istanbul under the snow..
    Keep warm and cozy !
    :-)

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  7. Stunning pictures indeed my dear friend Aysegul. Kind regards, Philip.

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  8. It's funny, the kind of assumptions we make. I've always assumed too that Turkey must be sunny and warm all year long. But these snowy pictures from Istanbul could have been taken in Canada with all that snow! So now I know better!

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  9. Beautiful shots, but I had to laugh at the one with the cable car (do you call them cable cars?) with the Burger King in the background.

    We don't have snow here in Florida, but you know I still am not a big fan of winter. I'm ready for both of us to get back to relaxing days at the beach!

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  10. Never seen snow in Istanbul before...
    brrrrr...so much snow everywhere...
    Today here it's been a beautiful, sunny day, +22...

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  11. Hi-
    I love, love, love the pictures SO much. I feel so connected. "Thank you"

    Love Gail
    oeace.....

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  12. Such wonderful pictures! I know people don't think of Turkey as having snow.

    When we lived in Ramallah, Palestine, the whole area including Jerusalem got a big load of snow. Very surprising to me and others. Somehow we think of the Holy Land as a blistering place. Not always!

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  13. such beautiful photographs...I particularly like the one of the bright red trolley.

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  14. Great tour of Istanbul covered with snow. I would love to meet you there at a cafe and have a little chat. Almost felt like I could step into one of the photos and be there. Lovely.

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  15. Stunning photos. Istanbul is gorgeous and thanks for the tour. I would love to see it in person one day.
    Mary

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  16. Your photos are amazing, as always. And, as always, I have a favorite - # 2. There's something hauntingly beautiful about how those chairs are folded over the table and the snow is covering them... almost as if it's a shelter for the chairs. Tough love, I say!

    Nevine

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  17. I always enjoy the first snowfall. There's something very beautiful about seeing everything covered in snow.

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  18. Thank you for sharing all these views of the snow. It is such a beautiful place. And seeing those photos helps satisfy my longing for snow!

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  19. it still looks beautiful, even under all that white stuff!
    have a great week
    ~laura

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  20. Great photos, I was in Istanbul a couple of months ago, seeing the place under snow is lovely

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  21. I love your very creative snow shots. We are having more snow here in WVa this year than maybe we've had in the past decade. My friend (skier) in Canaan Valley is loving it. Dave and Pat

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  22. Absolutely Beautiful and Ethereal photos. I love them all , the first is so pretty. We woke up under a blanket of snow this morning, it is so pretty. I haven't tired of the winter or snow yet...By March 1st I start to look forward to the Spring but now I am enjoying the calm cozy beauty of the Winter covered landscape.
    Lovely Post!!

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  23. How beautiful! I didn't know it snowed in Istanbul!
    the second last image is divine!!! Take care xx Julie

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  24. Thanks for sharing! Amazing photos and reminds me of my trip to Istanbul which always makes me smile. Keep warm x

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  25. Love the photos, especially the one of the line of benches in the snow.

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  26. I hate snow but I have to confess that it lokks gorgeous in pictures ! and Istanbul is so gorgeous anyway. I came to Istanbul during winter but there was not snow but I wish I could come back during spring.

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  27. Those are beautiful photos! They almost make me like snow! But truthfully I can wait for spring to come! Jennifer :)

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  28. I think I've said before that I never thought about snow in Turkey. These photos are just beautiful. Your blog has really made me think that I would love to travel to Istanbul one day.

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  29. How wonderful and romantic photos, reall great! for more info and tips about Istanbul check this out; http://www.best-of-istanbul.com/istanbul.html

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