Bospheros & The Black Sea
The photo shows the opening where ship pass from the Bospheros to the Black Sea. The Black Sea is an inland sea bounded by Europe, Anatolia and the Caucasus and is ultimately connected to the Atlantic Ocean via the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas and various straits. The Bosporus strait connects it to the Sea of Marmara, and the strait of the Dardanelles connects it to the Aegean Sea region of the Mediterranean. These waters separate eastern Europe and western Asia. The Black Sea also connects to the Sea of Azov by the Strait of Kerch.
Important cities along the coast include (alphabetical order) : Batumi (121,806), Burgas (229,250),Constanþa (306,000 with a metropolitan area of 550,000), Giresun (90,034),Istanbul (11,372,613), Kerch (158,165), Kherson (358,000), Mangalia (41,153),Nãvodari (34,669), Novorossiysk (281,400), Odessa (1,001,000), Ordu (190,143), Poti (47,149), Rize (91,901), Samsun (439,000), Sevastopol (379,200), Sochi (328,809), Sukhumi (43,700), Trabzon (275,137), Varna (357,752), Yalta (80,552), and Zonguldak (104,276) .
Touch me not
Turkish people are extremely tactile! They will usually have one hand on your arm or shoulder while talking. If you try moving away they really may not notice that you're uncomfortable and just get closer to you. If they understand that you are disturbed by this, they tend to get really offended. Just play along and try forgetting about it.
Kasimpasa is one of the really small football clubs in Istanbul and if you go to see them then you will most likely be the only foreigner in the stadium.
Their stadium is located quite centrally though and it´s an easy walk from Taksim square.
Kasimpasa is a small working class club that has never played a big role in turkish football, but at the time of writing (march 2010) they are playing in the turkish first division.
Ithought it was quite interesting to watch a game there.
Normally when you go to see one of the big teams in Istanbul the crowd is geneally young and rebellious, but at Kasimpasa it seemed to be mostly old men and a few of their grand sons.
Balat is the former jewish neigborhood, situated next to Fener, the Greek quarter. In Balat, many jewish settled after their expulsion from Spain . There are only two synagogues remaining, and it is hard to visit them. You need to call at least one day before arriving. We found only a closed gate.
Like Fener, Balat is now a poor area.
The Egyptian Bazaar
If you want to buy spices from all kinds the best place to check is the spices bazaar that also known as the egyptian bazaar.
The location of the bazaar is in Eminonu very close to the New Mosque. Spices , Turkish Delights.
The sellers are very friendly and if you want to taste something they will let you taste it.
Depends on what you are buying