By the Sea in Istanbul.
Along the banks of the Bosphorus sprawls the port city of Istanbul, 5th largest city in the world. This growing metropolis winds around the shores of the Golden Horn inlet and along the Sea of Marmara. The Bosporus Straight divides Europe from Asia, and Istanbul spans both continents. To the north the Bosphorus links with the Black Sea and to the south, the Marmara, which flows to the Mediterranean, via the Dardanelles. The deep natural harbours and strategic location of port Istanbul have made this ancient city, once called Constantinople, and before that Byzantium, a centre for land and sea trade.
|Fresh fish from the docks in Istanbul|
The population of Istanbul is 12 million, with another 5 million nearby. Many Turks rely upon sea transportation to commute and sea busses carry passengers between Europe and Asia, up and down the Bosporus and around the Golden Horn. The main commuter docks are in the old city, the Sultanahmet, and are crowded and lively. They are a short walk from the Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Aya Sofya, and other fabulous attractions. Street vendors set up shops on the sidewalk and food stalls serve fish sandwiches. On small boats men grill fresh fish to sell to shoppers, tourists and commuters. This is a terrific spot to see residents of Istanbul out for a stroll, enjoying the panoramic views of the city.
|Along the Bosporus to the Black Sea|
|The Black Sea|
Istanbul is one of the great cities of the world, with excellent museums and attractions, great food, interesting people and history, and a pleasing climate. It is a city on the move, with a young population.
More to see in Istanbul.....
|In the Blue Mosque|
|Spices at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul|
|In Topkapi palace|
|A Unesco World Heritage event, Sufi dancing at the Orient Express train station in Istanbul|
|Mummies at the Istanbul Archeology Museums |
|View from our hotel window in Istanbul|
|Miniature paintings in Istanbul|
|Fish market in Istanbul|
Link to the Basilica Cistern