This fellow is getting ready to set up his coffee cart for the Portland Parkways in Northwest. It was a great time to walk and bicycle along streets with no traffic... even if it was done in classic Portland style, in drizzling rain.
Well in this case she was waiting for the Streetcar Shuttle Bus. This is one of the most spare streetcar stops. Situated at NW Northrup and NW 18th, it's in an area that used to be light industrial. Les Schwab tires is in the next block.
Imagine my surprise when I went to take the Portland Streetcar and saw a Shuttle Bus instead. Evidently they will be Shuttle Buses will be doing Streetcar duty at least until 26 September because of construction
Take the Streetcar is still vacationing in Istanbul. Today was spent in Kadikoy, one of the districts on the Asian side of the Bosphorus. These two images were taken from a ferry. So in addition to the view through the ferry to the other side, there's also the gigantic cruise ship and the freighter. Back in Portland on Friday!
Portlanders love their coffee. There are coffee wars. My favorite is from the coffee roasting cellist/cello playing coffee roaster, Badbeard. However when in Turkey, drink as the Turkish drink... two cups of Turkish coffee on the Bosphorus, please.
Most tourists are aware of the nostalgic tram on Istiklal Caddesi that runs from Taksim to Tunel in Istanbul. They may know that there is another one across the Bosphorus on the Asian side. Few take the ferry to see this one though. Unlike the tram on the European side that uses refurbished equipment, the Asian side employs cars from other railways. It's a small circular route running through the core of the shopping section near the ferry docks.
These people have just arrived at Kabatas, a station/area of Istanbul, on a commuter ferry. They could have been coming over from the Asian portion of Istanbul. In any case, it's just another form of commuting for Istanbul residents.
The Ortakoy Mosque is always beautiful but it is even more so when it's reflecting the sun. Today we walked here past the Dolmabache Palace, the Four Seasons and the Ciragan Sarayi, another luxury hotel. It was a grand walk and we were delighted with how low-key the town was later in the afternoon. Sunday photos when it was rainy are up on Flickr. The rest of the ones from today probably won't get there for a few more days. We did catch a bus and took the Funicular to Taksim from Kabatas.
In addition to the Nostalgic Tram that runs the length of the Istiklal Caddesi and buses, Istanbul also has a Metro system. We've been using that to go to Taksim and Sishane when we want to walk wander through the streets of what is known as the New District. The train is fast but perhaps not quite as fast as this photo would make it seem...
Looking down on this wide thoroughfare in Istanbul and you'll see hundreds of pedestrians. Admittedly there is a truck there and occasionally a taxi goes across the street but for the most part this is a haven for people on foot. Nine out of ten people here are Turks. Turks enjoy this haven of shopping for all sorts of things and a chance to be out. Look closely and you'll see the tracks of the "nostalgic tram" that runs from Taksim to Tunel near Galata Tower. And look one just popped into view below. More Istanbul posts coming before the return to Portland Streetcar.
The area where we are staying in Istanbul is referred to by many names. One of them is Sisli. I know this because Sisli happens to be experiencing a water outage. All of Sisli. Nisantasi is an area within Sisli and that's yet another name we look for on maps and street signs. In this image we are returning from a perfectly lovely walk to and from the Bosphorous.
What with the time difference and Einstein's many theories, this blog is publishing what it thinks is September 2. (For those who have read the previous entries, we're still without hot water.) However, this hasn't deterred us. Here for your viewing pleasure is an image of transportation at Taksim in Instanbul.
There are some downsides to Home Exchanges, especially when the exchangers have been traveling for three months. The hot water boiler wasn't working when we arrived here in Istanbul. Cold sponge baths first night. Next day four pot warm water sponge baths. Repairman arrived at 10 pm. Perfect gentlemen who had much respect for his elders. After an hour we're still without hot water. Another repair person comes in the morning, in theory. But that's it. We'll take four pan baths and leave this problem to the next exchangers. They're from Seattle. Beware.