A Ride on the Bosphorus


Galata Bridge crossing the Golden Horn. (Galata Tower in the background). I walk across this bridge nearly everyday. Sometimes just for the fun of it.

We had a little break in the weather today in Istanbul.  I had been waiting for this for some time now as I’ve been wanting to take a ferry boat tour of the Bosphorus Strait.  I just thought the experience would be much more pleasant with the sun shining and with warmer temperatures.  Today I had my chance and I seized it.

It is a fascinating stretch of water.  It splits Istanbul into two sections, is the dividing line between Europe and Asia, and connects the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea and ultimately to the Mediterranean Sea.  It is a major water artery right through the middle of Istanbul and is lined with palaces of the Sultans and the mansions of the rich.

The "European" side of Istanbul.

 

The Bosphorus is just lousy with mansions and palaces.

 

The Fatih Bridge crossing the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul

 

Little boats on the Golden Horn that sell fresh grilled fish sandwiches

 

The white blobs are jelly fish. The green thing is a nice specimen of detritus plasticus (of the Junk Food phyllum, potato chip family I think).

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