One of the first things I noticed about Istanbul in winter was the light: changing through the day, as clouds come and go, and monuments lit to demand an evening promenade. A few minutes from our rented apartment in Sultanahmet, the moon posed above the Blue Mosque and the 4th century Obelisk of Theodosius, welcomed us to town in a picture postcard moment.
Situated as it is on the confluence of the Bosphorus and the Marmara Sea, Istanbul has dramatic sunsets too, although the shifting cloud cover of winter can dim the show somewhat. Darkness comes early at this time of year, and as commuter ferries swirl in and out of their moorings, they travel over waters reflecting the lights onshore. Indoors, trinkets and lamps twinkle in bazaars and shop windows; even the famed Turkish delight and sweets dripping with sugar syrup glisten.
Join me in a quick saunter through a typical, touristy day around town—and sample the spectacle of Istanbul lights, natural and man-made.
Each day here is washed in vivid colors and experiences. These few photos barely skim the surface of my first impressions the lights of Istanbul!