It’s fantastic what has room side by side here: historic places from Latin, Christian and Ottoman times; the old Istanbul and the new town, the European and the Asian part, the Bazaar next to the ultra-modern Skyscraper, the little traditional café for men and the modern Lounge Bar. All working perfectly next to each other. As well as the different religions and believer, they live peaceful in the same place. There are young women, who are sitting in a bar with a light summer robe and high heels, but also totally veiled women with their burka, eating a Brezel.
This is what makes Istantbul so vivid and multifaceted. But this mixture, which you will find across the country as well, seems to be in danger. The political tendencies move towards a more traditional way of life and the people start to resist. When we have been in Istanbul, the demonstrations around the Takshim place had just started. We didn’t see them happening, but of course they were in everbodys mind and the topic of the day. And later on in Edirne – a little town close to the Bulgarian boarder – we saw a demonstration ourselves, very quiet and peaceful, but with a clear message.