And like we promised, we are back with the second edition of our holiday shoot. The street style series continues this week.
We take in the sights and the couture as our models walk the many streets in Istanbul, Turkey.
One of the highlights of our trip was bumping into an old friend. A friend who had enviably toured almost all of Europe (having done Tomorrowland in Belgium. Yes, we hate him) and decided to catch up for Turkish coffee on his way back to Dubai.
Along the way, we stumbled upon these rainbow hued stairs. These stairs, incidentally feature on the Turkish version of Pharrell Williams insanely famous track “Happy”. We had to stop. We had to get that shot.
The following day, the trio headed to an authentic Turkish Hammam. The place recommended by all was the Cemberlitas Hamami
You know, those Sauna places with skimpily clad clothes? Yeah, Manoj and I were hopeful of scenic showers only to be told, the men and women use separate sections. That is when we decided to save me some widespread embarrassment and not shoot when in a thong. Instead, here are a few shots from the Bosphorous Cruise.
That evening, a very kind and extremely gorgeous lady, Charlotte brought me to speed about the beach parties at Suma. This is something we never came across during our time of research. And this pointer came in handy. We hopped on a shuttle from Taksim and the 2 hour drive brought us to the venue. That night was all we needed to end our vacation on a high note.
The last day in Istanbul, we headed to Ortakoy for some breakfast by the Bosphorous sea. What better way to end the trip right before we headed to the airport.
That is about it folks, the fabulous 7 days we spent in a country that is so diverse and lovely. I will be going back soon. The food, the streets, the beautiful ladies, the limonata.. I left a piece of my heart behind in Istanbul.
Here is the last picture I took as we had breakfast at the shores of the Bosphorous sea. Bowties and Bones recommend Turkey, if you are contemplating your next vacation.
Let us know in the comments section. What you liked, what you think could have been done better and anything else you can think of.
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What a great vacation and a neatly written memoir! Everyone I know who’s been to Turkey simply couldn’t get enough of the place no matter how long they stayed.
The three of you make stunning models. Al – you’ve beefed up quite a bit from when I last saw you in person, and am totally digging the beard. With your keen eye on grooming and your impeccable fashion sense, you’re quite an icon. Manoj looks cool, almost Turkish, blending in with his style. Hate me for this, but Sheral is the star for me. Her style is quite urban chic and girly at the same time. She looks amazing.
The photos are brilliant. Lovely clean shots and neatly edited. What is ur camera gear like? I’m sure photo enthusiasts like myself would really like to know your mantra on travel photography as well.
Lastly, some constructive feedback, maybe just an opinion from me; most of your writing for this trip has been from ur perspective, however, in a few places, you’ve mentioned your name in the narration as though it was a third person writing, and then you jump back to being first person – “… Yeah, Manoj and Al were hopeful of scenic showers only to be told, the men and women use separate sections. I decided to save me some widespread embarrassment and … “. Know what I mean? Maybe if it was part of the caption to the picture, I’d not have this thought.
But overall, I really like the blog and the work you’re doing with it! Keep up the good work and I wish you and the team the very best!
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Thank you so much Suheil. For your kind words and constructive feedback. I love hearing back from readers, it always helps me improve. Keep them coming Suheil.
As for the Camera, I used a universal lens (as I like to call it). On a Canon 650D.