Istanbul: Crossroads Forever.

Some five years ago when I visited Istanbul for a week I was curious as to what I would find. An Asian city steeped in the ways of the mysterious East reverberating with ancient cultures of the Levant or a European city with all the bells and whistles of the 21st Century. I found everything. The Sultanemet, or old Istanbul with the Blue Mosque and the pious pilgrims, men pulling carts and rugs on every corner. And all the trappings of contemporary society. This picture says it all.  In trying to capture a photo of a young person in contemporary dress outside Istanbul University I ended up with a glimpse of the never-ending dynamics of this great city.  This is an area of the city you have to go to. The university and grand plaza in front of it is  flanked by the Grand Bazaar and the famous hamam and one of my favorite places in this city-the busy tree-covered area next to the  large mosque where hundreds of us sat at tables drinking Turkish coffee and chai.

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