When I plan a trip I take into account two major needs that must be satisfied for it to be a worthy endeavor: food and architecture.

Food as a grail to pursue as I make my way across a city and architecture to give me the beauty I need to sustain me as I trek across a foreign landscape.

I’ve been fortunate enough to travel all over the globe but at the end of the day only one city has completely and utterly fulfilled me; Istanbul Turkiye. As a food town it is beyond compare. Perhaps New York or Mexico City can hold a candle to it but the diversity and deliciousness of Istanbul is unmatched.

Thousands and thousands of tiny cafes, diners and grill rooms dot the landscape alongside endless coffee and tea houses interrupted only by bar rooms, clubs and taverns.

The Turks eat and drink like no other people.

Architecture. The magnificence of the major mosques of Turkiye is not to be underestimated. They are breathtaking. As you wind through the byzantine, cobble stone streets of the Old Town perusing ancient row houses you’ll be periodically floored as all of a sudden, out of nowhere a towering mosque will appear like a massive spaceship.

I’m really proud of this photo. The mosque is known as Rustem Pasa, it was designed by Sinan, the most famous of all Turkish architects. I was waiting on a ferry to take me to Asia [.50c!] when I pivoted and this scene presented itself for capture.

I know this site feature is called Austin Daily Photo but once every few months I’ll put up a non-related picture.

Thank you for your forbearance.

Crucial food reading for an Istanbul adventure http://chowpapi.com/wordpress/wordpress-2.8.6/wordpress/?cat=21

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