Our friends Lyle and Kathy arrived in Istanbul and we spent our first day together wandering all over Sisli, Beyoglu and Sultanahmed, taking in the sights this amazing city has to offer.
We were warned by our host, Cem, that a protest was planned for Taksim Square in the evening and that we should be careful. We had seen the heavy police presence building through the day on Taksim and Istiklal. As we were walking back to our apartment, it became obvious that something was up. Before long, the smell of tear gas was in the air and people came running toward us so we thought it best to get out of there.
We ended up taking refuge in a strange little bar for a while and then decided to walk home in a wide arc around Taksim, hoping to avoid the conflict between police and protestors. We got home safely. Here are some photos from the day.