Travel Writing by Cory Hanson

Posts in category Istanbul

A Christmas Morning Shave in Istanbul

The Barber Flashing the Flame

“Good morning! Happy Christmas!” Our hostel hosts are giving all of the white, Western faces emerging from their rooms the compliments of the season with the more internationally known “happy” rather than the American favorite “merry.” Here in Istanbul, with deep cultural and religious roots in both Christianity and Islam, everyone knows and respects each […]

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Gallery: Cats of Istanbul

Gallery: Cats of Istanbul

  Any cute cat fans out there? Of course there are! This is the Internet! Get pumped for another collection of cats from the Mediterranean! On our recent adventure in Istanbul, we ran into more warm-weather-country cats on the streets. Like other Mediterranean street cats we’ve seen, these were well-fed by the neighborhood locals, as […]

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Explore Asian Istanbul with a Bosphorus Cruise

Hazy Mosques Istanbul, Turkey Bosphorus

  While it’s possible to spend a few days simply enjoying the sights and sounds of Istanbul’s central Old Town and New District, everyone visiting the city should consider taking a day cruise along the Bosphorus Strait to see this sprawling, romantic, transcontinental city at its best. Along the piers in the Eminonu district—on the […]

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Mosques in Istanbul

Blue Mosque from Sultanahmet Square Istanbul Turkey

  After a memorable week in Morocco in December 2014, we decided that we wanted to spend every holiday season in a non-Christian country. The perks are many: We get to visit exotic new places and participate in new cultural traditions; we can meet and chat with new people and hear their stories; and Christmas Day […]

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First Impressions of Istanbul

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

  This post was originally scheduled for the day of the tragic bombing in Istanbul. To observe the significance of the developing event, I delayed this post and wrote an immediate reaction on the blog instead. When traveling, it is important, I believe, to try to capture your observations, thoughts, and memories as quickly as […]

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Thinking of Those in Istanbul

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

  Today, with news of a tragic terrorist attack shaking the city of Istanbul and the country of Turkey, I had scheduled a fun, lighthearted post about my first impressions of this beautiful city. I also had scheduled to post a series of pictures from the mosques, streets, and waters of this striking and romantic […]

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