May 2012: I photographed these snails on a rainy night in Istanbul.
It was my first time I was on my own in the city centre after several days at Le Méridien Istanbul where I had been working non-stop to make sure that everything went well for the hotel’s grand opening.
I’m glad that I extended my stay in Istanbul over the weekend after the project wrapped and had the chance to discover a little of the city at leisure. I had heard mixed feedback from friends about Istanbul and was curious to see for myself if I’d like the city.
My verdict: Love it!
Sure, the traffic can be a nightmare but I walked around most of the time when I was there. I like that it’s a melting pot of different cultures and religions, of things old and new. Istanbul can cause a sensory overload – weaving car traffic, crowded cobblestone streets, heady scent of spices and coffee, seagulls calling by the Bosphorus, freshly grilled kebabs served with herb-infused sides…
It can overwhelm you but if you choose to go with the flow, you’ll fall in love with Istanbul.