Europe 2011

Istanbul: People

We are frequently struck by the sheer number of people selling things right on the street, from the apparently hundreds of chestnut and simit sellers to the ubiquitous carpet salesmen who are often both charming and a nuisance. A selection here.

 

Brushes and brooms, and a big smile for the camera. *

 

But no smile from the guard at the Dolmabahce Palace. *

 

The pomegranite juice is delicious, but for some reason the seller looks very worried. *

 

This man has just been unsuccessful in selling us a carpet. *

 

But it seems that some get sold. *

 

One of the hundreds of chestnut sellers. *

 

There were not many people wanting to buy flags ... *

 

or have their shoes shined, ... *

 

but this kebab seller was happy to pose for the camera. *

 

There were many people selling simits: circular bread rolls covered in seseme seeds. *

 

A simit van and the antique tram at Taksim Square. *

Go on to food.

 

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