Sunset in Istanbul, January 11, 2015

Sunset in Istanbul, January 11, 2015

Sunset in Istanbul, January 11, 2015. A seagull is flying close to the vapur. The seagulls always follow vapurs, because people throw them food from the vapur – especially pieces of “simit”. Simit (or gevrek) is often described as the Turkish bagel but this is an inaccurate description. It is a circular bread, typically encrusted with sesame seeds or, less commonly, poppy, flax or sunflower seeds, found across the cuisines of the former Ottoman Empire, and the Middle East.

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