View of the fishermen and the Galata Tower
Walking the streets of Istanbul is a pleasure for itself. A few weeks ago I went back to the old Constantinople and I think I will never get tired of repeating a visit to this city where the western tradition, the Asian continent and the Arab legacy are united in a strait where centuries of history circulate through its waters.
Ten years ago I did a circular trip through Turkey a month that took me through the ancient capital of the Byzantine Empire and the interior of the country reaching the border with Armenia and Iran.
A few weeks ago, I got back on a Turkish Airlines flight and landed in Istanbul after about three hours of flight.
After 10 years of my previous visit to the country, I noticed that Istanbul has developed considerably. A veil of modernity covers the face of the Turkish capital, trams lighten the roads - although still suffocated by pollution - and prices have risen approaching the Spanish average. Also, the merchants in the souks no longer haunt tourists so much, fortunately they have learned that the more freedom and tranquility they offer the more productive visitor the business will be. A learning exercise that I hope will be extended in the coming years by the countries of the Mabreb.
I stayed at the Eresin Topkapi. Despite being away from the center, a tram covered the distance in just over 20 minutes and two Turkish liras - one euro. Yes, fortunately the Turks have eliminated the infinite list of zeros they had in their currency and now the comparison to any other currency is much simpler.
Lamps in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul