As I sit in cold snowy Canada, complaining about this cold and snow, I remembered that it also snows in Istanbul. For the most part, there may be snow in the air but it usually does not even hit the ground. Or if it does, it is mostly slush and does not last long. However, from time to time the snow sticks and brings the city to a halt. I have seen photos of the Bosporus frozen over, but those were long before Istanbul became a concrete mini-climate. These photos were taken in the 2000s from my various homes or on the street.
These photos were taken from the terrace of my first flat in Galata.
This was the snowy view from my flat on Luleci Hendek. The tower is part of a wall that used to extend from the Galata Tower. Now it is part of Saint Benoit Lycee, one of several French language high schools in Istanbul.
These were taken from my bedroom window of another flat closer to Sishane.
This old Greek house is near the same flat, photo taken from the front window.
This is the tea garden at the base of the Galata Tower.
One more view, from the balcony of my flat down from the tower.
The snow really brings out the playfulness in people, since it is such a novelty.
There! I can’t say this post made me feel warmer, but I was glad to be reminded of the brief snows of Istanbul