istanbul, turkey

i didn’t quite know what to expect when i arrived in istanbul.  one of the first things i did notice though, was the profusion of flowers.  the weather was warm and sunny.  the warm, friendly disposition of istanbul’s people was so appreciated!  they love their children, kissing and hugging them all the time, walk hand in hand  with each other and are very open about showing their affection.

i noticed cats everywhere.  they didn’t seem to belong to anyone.  i was told that they were “community cats” and although they don’t belong to anyone in particular, they are well fed and “adopted” by the local businesses.