There are lots of police/soldiers around, some of them very obviously armed. This manages to be both reassuring and intimidating at one and the same time.
Pleased to see that Joyce's Ulysses was one of the books in English available at one of the few bookstores I've seen in Istanbul. Puzzled, though, that it was placed next to two copies of Fifty Shades of Grey.
Enjoying wandering around monumental spots like the Topkapi Palace. Wondering about the human cost of the beauty the Ottomans managed to create.