Did you know that Tulips are from Turkey (Ottoman Empire), and not from Holland? I had no idea!
They were wild flowers until the Turks started cultivating them in 1000AD. They were introduced to Europe in the 1500’s and well, you know the rest!
In April, Istanbul is totally covered with Tulips and the parks hold colorful tulip festivals. I recommend going super early, the bus loads of people start filling up the park around 9:30am. So if you want to take photos or just meditate with the tulips, I suggest getting there around 8am!
These pinhole photos are from Emirgan Park, a little north of the second bridge.