Istanbul views – My local parks

Istanbul is a densely populated city sprawling over both banks of the Bosphorus Strait. It is a metropolis full of highrise apartments and office blocks. Nonetheless, Istanbullu (people who live in Istanbul) value their green spaces and make good use of them. In the event of an earthquake, these open spaces would be the only safe places to go. Here are some of the parks that make it onto my list of favourite Istanbul views.

8b Selahattin Giz - FB Parki 1950s

Fenerbahçe Park in the 1950s. From the Yapi Kredi collection of photographs taken by Selahattin Giz, exhibited at the Caddebostan Kultur Merkezi, September 2012.

9a Fenerbahce Picnic 22 July

Late afternoon swimming in the Sea of Marmara off Fenerbahçe Park

Fenerbahce 1

Cooling down with a refreshing drink at Romantika Cafe

7b Fenerbahce Picnic 15 JulySmile for the camera

7c Goztepe Park

           Göztepe Park – these are real fish

7f Goztepe Park

  Whirling Dervish topiary in Göztepe Park

IMG_5945Özgürlük park, which means Freedom Park in English, is my favourite park. In summer it plays host to Turkish music nights, traditional puppet shows, theatre performances and other special events. Year round there are weekly organic markets and people exercising, jogging and walking their dogs. At the moment local high school students are holding a three day event to remind us how valuable these green places are, to make it clear they believe the parks belong to the people.

IMG_5939The Banner reads, “This is our park”.

About Goreme1990

I was born in Sydney, Australia and grew up in a leafy middle class North Shore suburb. After school I worked in various jobs, including as a public servant, sales assistant, bar maid and car counter, before going 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. I spent the following years moving between Australia and Turkey and eventually relocated to Göztepe on the Asian side of the city in 2010 with my husband. Since then I have spent my time writing short stories, blogging and doing radio programs. Check out the interview section of my blog for more information and to hear me talk about my life in Turkey. I have released a collection of essays called "Exploring Turkish Landscapes: Crossing Inner Boundaries" and a travel novel titled "Waiting for the Tulips to Bloom: Adrift in Istanbul". Both are available in paperback and ebook forms through Amazon and other book retailers. In addition to this regular blog I write articles for various international and local media and present a monthly radio segment on Istanbul.
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