Hyatt Regency Istanbul Atakoy

Istanbul (Turkey). There’s always a good reason to bring a camera with me… especially when I visit brand new hotels like the Hyatt Regency Hotel Istanbul in Atakoy. The hotel has been opened a couple of weeks ago (January 2015) and I was quite impressed by the hall’s view from one of the top floors. Well, it’s not like the stunning Hyatt Hotel in Shanghai (I will post a photo of it soon) but at list its quite pleasant.

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Istanbul Backyard (Akaretler)

Istanbul (Turkey). I’m perfectly aware of the fact that terraces like this one are everywhere in the world. But for some reasons, those ones I see in Istanbul have something of magic, at least for me. And I like thinking that behind that set of jackets, coats and suits there could be a story – one of the many incredible ones – of millions of people living in this amazing (and suffering) city.

Istanbul. So benissimo che terrazze come queste sono ovunque nel mondo. Ma per qualche motivo, quelle che vedo a Istanbul hanno un qualcosa per me di magico. E mi piace pensare che dietro a quella serie di giacche, di cappotti e di abiti possa esserci una storia – una delle tante incredibili – delle milioni di persone che affollano questa meravigliosa (e sofferente) città.

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Domes and Minarets From Hagia Sophia in Istanbul

Istanbul (Turkey). I have probably taken this photo five or six times in the past years, basically I shoot it every time I have the opportunity to visit Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya in Turkish). This landscape is what you can see from a small hidden window at the upper floor of the former basilica, which was converted into a mosque and now is (and hopefully it will remain) a museum.

This is probably one of the most typical photos of Istanbul, and despite this fact it’s still not annoying at all for me. I consider the Blue Mosque somehow framed between two domes of Hagia Sophia one of the most beautiful skyline in the world. And beyond this, it is also a very “symbolic” image of the former Constantinople, today Istanbul.

So, if you are planning to visit Istanbul – and I’m sure you will include Hagia Sophia in your itinerary – do not forget to look for this small window and to watch outside through it: a significant portion of Istanbul’s history will be displayed in front of your eyes.

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