The traffic in Istanbul is notorious.

These were taken in May 2012 from my room on the 22nd floor of Le Méridien Istanbul in the Etiler neighbourhood. My room had a terrace and with it came an impressive view of the Bosphorus river and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Koprusu Bridge. It was absolutely fascinating to see how the traffic flow evolved over the course of the day, as long as you’re not caught in the jam yourself!

@ 0500, daybreakTraffic @ 0500 07-09LF@ 1400, post-lunchTraffic @ 1400 01LF

@ 1600, almost time to go homeTraffic @ 1600 01LF

@ 1800, now it’s time to go home, except everyone wants to do so at the same time…Traffic @ 1800b 01-4LFc

@1830 The sun has almost set but the vehicles just keep on coming.Traffic @ 1830 02-3LF

@2300 Just a few cars zipping across the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Koprusu Bridge while planes continue to land at / take off from the Atatürk International AirportTraffic @ 2300 01LF

2 replies on “Remembering Istanbul and not forgetting its traffic

  1. That is a great view! When we left Istanbul we got a taxi and it cruised easily through sparse early-morning traffic. But when we first arrived, we were stuck on the bus in rush hour traffic — but that was okay since we’d just arrived and were eager enough to see the landscape/cityscape from the highway.

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