Goztepe Istanbul – A walk on the wild side

Come explore the Asian suburbs of Istanbul! One day it’s business as usual at the local market, and the next day life’s a party with singing and dancing in the streets. Welcome to my neighbourhood, welcome to Goztepe Istanbul …

Get away from the tourist centres and explore Istanbul like a local!Monday Markets January 2013

2a Goztepe Mon marketsDo you want spice with that?

7d Gaziantep food festival Goztepe 23.9.12Gaziantep Food Festival September 2012

7i Gaziantep food festival Goztepe 23.9.12


Milkman - KMilk fresh to your door, October 2011

5b Rize wedding Evsan sok 22.9.12

The dancing starts after lunch, September 2012

Mazharbey Night BufeIs followed by a sucuk and cheese tost at around 3am, March 2012


And is finished off by drying out on the balcony, August 2013

For more photographs of Istanbul you can’ t go past a collection of works by the master himself, Ara Guler. Click on the link to buy a copy of his beautiful and evocation work

Ara Guler’s: Istanbul 40 Years of Photographs


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About Goreme1990

I’m Lisa Morrow, the person behind www.insideoutinistanbul.com. I was born in Sydney, Australia and grew up a leafy middle class North Shore suburb. After finishing high school I went to Sydney University but failed to find my niche. After working as a public servant, cleaner, sales assistant, waitress, bar maid and car counter, I went overseas. Once there I hitchhiked through the UK, travelled in Europe and arrived in Turkey just as the Gulf War was starting. My three months stay in the small central Anatolian village of Göreme changed my life. On my return to Australia I earned a BA Honours Degree in Sociology from Macquarie University. An academic career beckoned but the call to travel was louder. After several false starts I moved to Turkey and lived there for ten years. In 2017 I moved to Lisbon, Portugal, but continue to travel regularly to Istanbul. In addition to my blog I've written a travel narrative memoir called "Waiting for the Tulips to Bloom: Adrift in Istanbul" and two collections of essays, "Inside Out In Istanbul: Making Sense of the City" and "Exploring Turkish Landscapes: Crossing Inner Boundaries". I have a regular segment on San Francisco Turkish radio and in early 2017 I released an audio walking tour called "Stepping back through Chalcedon: Kadikoy Walk", through VoiceMap. In addition I write for various international and Australian magazines and websites, as well as for this blog. A full list of my published articles, with links, can be found on the Writing on Turkey and Writing Beyond Turkey pages.
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