Postcards from readers: A rainbow in Istanbul

The photographer: Lou Padgug of Sacramento

Behind the lens: I happened upon these steps in Istanbul, Turkey, after disembarking from a cruise of the Black and Aegean Seas last October. I learned that a local resident painted the nearly 200 steps different colors to “beautify his surroundings”. The local municipality received a complaint about the colorful paint job and had its workers paint the steps grey two days later. After a large number of neighborhood residents voiced their outrage that the colorful steps had been painted over, the municipality repainted the steps in this rainbow design that caught my attention.


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