My Istanbul

Having leaved in Greece for more than 17 years I have always heard the word ‘’Πόλη’’ (Poli). Greeks use it when they talk about Istanbul. ‘’Πόλη’’ (Poli) means ‘’the city’’ and they call it this way because it is believed to be the most beautiful city in the world, for them is an old lover […]

Having leaved in Greece for more than 17 years I have always heard the word ‘’Πόλη’’ (Poli). Greeks use it when they talk about Istanbul. ‘’Πόλη’’ (Poli) means ‘’the city’’ and they call it this way because it is believed to be the most beautiful city in the world, for them is an old lover whom they lost. What is it about Istanbul or Constantinople or Poli that makes it so special?

Months ago when I was preparing to experience one of the most amazing and strange 5 months of my student life.  As the plane was about to land in ground I felt thrilled, the same feeling I have now that I am 2 days away from leaving from this place.

French Street in Istanbul by Anna
French Street in Istanbul by Anna

Talking about Istanbul I can find plenty of adjectives to describe it: magical, mysterious, hard to understand, interesting, vivid, different… But I still wonder what is it that makes this place so different and magical?  Being able to wonder around colorful streets, talking a walk in Gulhane Park and at the seaside, at street markets and numerous palaces made me realize that Istanbul is endless.  The morning breeze walking to the university campus through Çırağan Caddesi, the hot cup of coffee or tea at the sahil, the tour towards the Black sea, the delicious yemek in Galata, Beşiktaş, Kadıköy, and Cihangir: all these are the ingredients of a rare recipe who was its origins in a city with a double identity.

Every day in Istanbul is a new adventure, every day you can see new things that you hadn’t noticed before. Turkish people with their loud voices and their funny gestures are offered to help you in any situation. Istanbul has everything for everyone: the old city for the history lovers, the palaces and mosques for the architects, countless music and exhibition venues for the artists, glamourous neighborhood where Istanbul’s richest people gather, delicious traditional and desserts for lovers. It is for sure that days are passing so quickly in this magical city and that even 5 months are not enough for someone who enjoys it very much.




Photo Credits: Robert S. Donovan




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