Description Istanbul is a wonderful city and the only one that is divided over 2 continents, as the Bosphorus separates Asia from Europe. Most of the old city is in the European part and definitely worth a visit. The Topkapi museum, the Aya Sofia and the many huge Mosques are impressive, but also the spice Bazar and grand Bazar are the perfect places to realize that here 2 world cultures merge. Do not forget to eat a cheap fresh caught and grilled fish in the harbour.The Blue Mosque was nicknamed so due to the many beautiful blue mosaic tiles, though not much can be seen on this view. Entrance is free and though the Mosque is in use as a prayer room, also non-muslims are welcome and photos can be taken.The city is a mix of modern western shops and clothing with traditional eastern culture. The sound of the calls for prayers in the morning makes you realize that Islam is the main religion here, though for me the sounds are just as curious as the Christian bells that wake me up elswhere in the world :-)
Harry Kikstra, Earth Member Since February 2007 Artist StatementWho am I?
Harry Kikstra, a climber/expedition leader/ photographer/ filmmaker/ producer/ writer/ public speaker/ cyclist and many other things that have to do with sharing the beauty of the outdoors. I have climbed the 7 continental highpoints and have travelled a lot and will not stop soon, though normally I am based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Contact me if you want other images or galleries from ExposedPlanet and I will add them.
I, Harry Kikstra, have started ExposedPlanet.comnot only as a way to show my portfolio, but also to share the beauty of our planet. Nowadays negative press & media might make people scared of everything foreign or different: culture, religion, people and the places themselves. This xenophobia is taking over our lives and prevents us from seeing the real world as it is: a wonderful place with beautiful people. There are no bad or evil countries, religions or people. There is bad and good people in every culture, including your own.
I hope I can share a bit of the amazement I have enjoyed while travelling the 7 continents. The more I see, the more I know I still have to see and I will. Life is too short to focus on not-existing enemies & fears.
The posters here all have small borders, with the name of the image and "ExposedPlanet" on them. If needed, they can be cut off or covered with a mat, if you just want to look at the subject only. If needed, I can upload a 'clean' version, just ask. Also please let me know if you are looking for a specific image or subject, as there are many more where these came from and I might be able to help you out, see also my website for a few hundred examples.
These images will also show more of the culture and other nature that is to be found on our 7 continents. I hope that it will sparkle your imagination, make you curious or even just educate you a bit, being maybe the 3 most important aspects of society in my view. A picture can say more than a 1000 wars and can maybe help understand the world around us. It's a small place, so maybe we can make the best of it together..