|Should I taste it?|
|Narrow Hotel street|
Walking through this bustling part of Istanbul was always good for people-watching. There was lots of pedestrian traffic at all hours of day or night.
The light rail tram tracks ran down the street right next to the pedestrian sidewalk. And guess what, fellow Houstonians, not one person was hit by the train. And not one car ran a stop light or stop sign and was hit by the train.
|Typical pedestrian traffic beside tram|
|2 sets train tracks; no accidents|
And surely everyone knows about the famous water pipes so popular in Istanbul. The tourist guides stress that everyone simply must try a water pipe in one of the many smoking bars in Istanbul. These are not bars as we might think. They serve coffee and water pipes and various tobaccos to smoke. We skipped this treat.
And, last but not least, one of my favorite things we discovered in Istanbul. Maybe this is common in some cities, but it was new to us. At a few intersections there was a tiny cubicle where sat a police officer. He controlled these things that would go up and down in the street. When down, the street was flush and traffic unimpeded.
|Barriers in up position|
|Barriers in down position|