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Posted May 2, 2014
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They’re all generic yellow vans now but when I arrived in Istanbul in 1990, seeing a dolmuş was a highlight of the day.

1949 De Soto in Kadıköy

1949 De Soto in Kadıköy

1854 Volvo PV831, Kadıköy

1954 Volvo PV831, Kadıköy

1937 Cadillac La Salle, Kadıköy

1937 Cadillac La Salle, Kadıköy

Eminönü, 1990

Eminönü, 1990

1951 De Soto, Üsküdar

1951 De Soto, Üsküdar

Not really a dolmuş. 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air, Rumeli Kavağı

Not really a dolmuş. 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air, Rumeli Kavağı

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Click to go to some aspect of Istanbul.

The Istanbul Dolmuş

The Istanbul Dolmuş

Where they make the Atatürks

Where they make the Atatürks

Byzantine Churches

Byzantine Stuff

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Corinthian capital from (according to John Freely) the Latin Church of St Michael, now serving as a wellhead in Rüstem Paşa Han, Galata.
Corinthian capital from (according to John Freely) the Latin Church of St Michael, now serving as a wellhead in Rüstem Paşa Han, Galata.
Aya Irini, apparently the first church in Constantinople.

Aya Irini, apparently the first church in Constantinople.

Quadriga, Basilica di San Marco, Venice. This was the symbol of imperial Byzantine power before the Fourth Crusade in 1204 ended this power.
Quadriga, Basilica di San Marco, Venice. This was the symbol of imperial Byzantine power before the Fourth Crusade in 1204 ended this power.
Aya Sofya, Trabzon. This is where the Byzantine Empire relocated after the sack of Constantinople in 1204.

Aya Sofya, Trabzon. This is where the Byzantine Empire relocated after the sack of Constantinople in 1204.

Arap Camii - there is a persistent legend that this was the first mosque in Istanbul. There seems to be no evidence for this.

Arap Camii - there is a persistent legend that this was the first mosque in Istanbul. There seems to be no evidence for this.

The resident cat at Aya Sofya

The resident cat at Aya Sofya

Bodrum Camii (Church of the Myrelaion Monastery, 922AD)

Bodrum Camii (Church of the Myrelaion Monastery, 922AD)

Fethiye Camii (Church of Theotokis Pammakaristos)

Fethiye Camii (Church of Theotokis Pammakaristos)

Kariye Camii (Church of Holy Saviour in Chora)

Kariye Camii (Church of Holy Saviour in Chora)

Molla Zeyrek Camii (Church of Christ Pantocrator)

Molla Zeyrek Camii (Church of Christ Pantocrator)

Molla Gürani Camii (Vefa Kilise)

Molla Gürani Camii (Vefa Kilise)

Gül Camii (Either the Church of Saint Theodosia or the Church of the Monastery of Christ the Benefactor)

Gül Camii (Either the Church of Saint Theodosia or the Church of the Monastery of Christ the Benefactor)

The staff of Küçük Aya Sofya Camii (The 6th century Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus)

The staff of Küçük Aya Sofya Camii (The 6th century Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus)

Eski Imaret Camii (Church of St Saviour Pantepoptes)

Eski Imaret Camii (Church of St Saviour Pantepoptes)

Imrohor Camii (5th century Monastery of St John the Baptist)
Imrohor Camii (5th century Monastery of St John the Baptist)
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In the 2000s, there was a brief craze of unhygienic places having footbaths of water in which you could put your reeking feet in order to have fish nibble at them. This seemed to me like 1. fish abuse, and 2. a good way to catch foot diseases.

fishkazdagi

When I went to the beautiful Kazdağı National Park in the mountains above the Aegean coast of Turkey, I found that the fish were willing to do this pedicure treatment in the wild. Normally, fish scatter and disappear when you swim in their river. However, just dipping your feet in the river in the picture above would bring a swarm of tiny fish to you. They would chew on your feet if they could get to them. They would also nibble at any part that you put in. A bit off-putting at first, but they never seemed to get hurt by limbs flailing about when I was swimming. Eventually, I just got used to being surrounded by a cloud of orally familiar fish.

There is a place near Sivas in Turkey that claims to use temperature-resistant fish for treating psoriasis. Go for it.

Now, the crabs. The east coast of Yorke Peninsula in South Australia has crystal waters and a high tidal range. If you go for a walk on Sultana Point near Edithburgh at low tide, there is a fascinating array of marine life to see. My 2-year-old daughter and I were eating razorfish (Pinna bicolor). This necessitated cracking open sharp shells and doing a lot of cleaning of stuff inside. After a bit of work, we would get an edible morsel that she would eagerly chew before demanding more. The detritus would attract all sorts of animals, including some small mud crabs.

crab

When the supply of razorfish guts ran out, the crabs would nibble our feet. They were quite insistent with some bits of loose skin but never went as far as causing pain. I don’t know whether the concept of crab pedicures would take off like the fish ones did. There’s a business idea for you.

I suppose these foot-loving creatures would correctly be called pedophiles. Not paedophiles.

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