Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Walk in Kuruçesme

After coming back from the hairdresser I decided to go back near Bebek so I went o Kuruçeşme (meaning Dried Fountain) which is right next to Arnavutköy. Arnavutköy (meaning Albanian Village) is also a historic neighborhood in Istanbul, famous for its wooden Ottoman mansions and fish restaurants.
But this time I decided to walk on the upper parts of Kuruçeşme and Arnavutköy where a lot of slums can be seen.
Another interesting part of Istanbul, Even in the heart of the wealthiest districts you will find slums, where very poor people live. They have the same magnificent view.

Asian side from the Kuruçeşme Harbor.

Kuruçeşme's Mosque and upper parts

The wonderful view of the Bosphorus is facing those houses so why would you put the balconies on the side so close to the other house ?

View from the slums.

Kuleli Military High-School

Panoramic view of the Bosphorus. The thing you see at the bottom center is Su Ada, a swimming pool/restaurants place. I'll post more photos of it in the next post and tell you more about it there.

House entrance

The balcony is not falling apart, it is the actual way they built it. I call that recycling.

Arnavutköy on the left and Kandilli on the upper right (Asian side).

Kuruçeşme and the first Bosphorus Bridge.

Bebek and Rumeli Hisari (with the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge).

Do not litter, those who litter are asses.

Typical urbanism : a slum house falling apart (but in use)...

... right next to this beautiful wooden house...

... right next to this other falling apart house...

...or this one, but surrounded by fancy homes and all sharing the same great view.

Very hot weather today : 40°C (104°F)

So I decided to have the car cleaned and cooled ;)

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