They may not be Christmas lights, but beautiful nonetheless. We spent Christmas Day wandering around this bustling city of 14 million, which is the official number, although many think the real number is closer to 17 million.
One of the main shopping streets is İstiklâl Caddesi which runs about 1.5 KM south from Taksim Square to the top of the Tünel station, north of Galata Tower. It is estimated 3 million people visit Istiklâl in a single day on weekends.
We have rented an apartment in Şişli, about a 15 minute walk north of Taksim. We will be here until January 1 and looking forward to spending this time with our friends Lyle and Katherine who are flying here from Winnipeg as I write this. Stay tuned.