Orthodox X-mas was approaching and as a miracle which happens only on X-mas eve the Winter came to old Constantinopol.....
The other day we woke up and saw absolutely different scenery from the window, Istanbul in white...
For many people who are living in the European side of Istanbul Bebek(baby) Bay is a jewel...
If you happen to be in Istanbul and intend to spend a lazy Sunday,this is the place...
This picture is taken at Cafe Turing which is next to Bebek Mosque ..
You can see many nice houses around the shores of bosphorus.. but for me these two are the best looking ones..
the red houses with its historical design and overlooking to the Bosphorus on the asian side.. and sure a small boat in front...
Just on the edge of Bosphorus.. Just next to the second bridge.. On one of the most elegant districts.. A House of seven floors with red tiles from the 19th Century...
But all alone.. nobody dares to live.. The value could worths millions and millions of dollars.. But it is Haunted..
nobody lives there... the Haunted house of Istanbul..
A Nation that gives a name to a color..
Turquoise is a term to express the name of a color, and it comes from the Turkish blue... So in general what is Turkish blue..
Our roots came from Asia, where all the dome of the buildings have Turkish blue.. And now we live in the Turquoise blue waters of Bosphorus..
When you are in Istanbul, you may have the chance to see the color Change in the Bosphorus and sometimes it looks exactly Turquoise.. And it is the greatest blue for us..
... probably the best landscaped waterway on earth..
The Bosphorus straits separates Asiatic Turkey from European Turkey and links the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara leading out to the Mediterranean. The Straits is 19 miles (30 km) long, with a maximum width of 2.3 miles (3.7 km.) at the northern entrance and a minimum width of 2,450 ft. (750 meters).
An estimated 4,000 ships currently pass through the Straits in any given month, including three tankers daily.. And a city with 14 million people lives adjacent to these straits.. The potential for environmental disaster on the Straits is too high and Danger for human life is a main concern.. we dont want any "Exxon waldez" Crashes to be occure on the straits..
The two sides of Bosphorus is connected with two Bridges.. The First Bridge constructed on 1973 and called as the Bosphorus Bridge and the second bridge, to the Black sea side is called the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge ("Conqueror Sultan Mehmed).. Both bridges are made of steel by Japan engineers and lays 1065 and 1090 meters respectively..
"The Bosphorus" - the strait between Asia and Europe continents, and the topography of the city, lots of hills, a lot of vista points - makes this historical city special...
Having a boat trip at Bosphorus is a "must see" activity for new comers...
Only once in 1954 the straits got iced and this is the only picture I found about this extraordinary event....
Favorite thing: The Bosphorus flows between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea, creating a natural north-south divide in Istanbul - European Istanbul comprises the bulk of the city to the west, while Asian Istanbul is to the east. European Istanbul is itself divided by the Golden Horn (Haliç) into the old city to the south, and Beyoglu and other modern districts to the north.
It is always fascinating to look at the Bosphorus strait and think that here is where Europe and Asia meet.
The gigantic bridge that crosses the strait can be seen from far away, but as a tourist you will more likely use the ferry to make the crossing.
Favorite thing: The Bosphorus divides the city of Istanbul into two parts, one part in Europe and one part in Asia. Between these parts there are some bridges that connects the two parts together. And the Bosphorus itself is a very lively trade route from the Black Sea to the Medeteranian Sea.
Bospours cruise:Ferries depart from Eminonu dock,NO'3
near the entranca to the Spice Bazaar,and travel up the strait that separates Europe and Asia.Short and long excursions pass palaces,churches,parks,and wooden villas.Stops along the way allow time to stroll,browse streetside art galleries,and sample Turkish fare.
Fondest memory: Galata Tower :Near Tunel Sq.Constructed in 1348,the 200-foot tower has been a warehouse,a jail,and a fire lookout. An observation deck provides the best panoramic views of the old city,golden horn,and Bosporus. in the picture :DOLMABAHCE SARAYI GATE
Favorite thing: Definetly recommended is a boat trip by the Bosphorus, amongst Asia and Europe. There are hundreds of touristic boats, different sizes and prices (ask any travel agent). If you are in a low budget, take the ferry that crosses the Bosphorus to Uskudar. Very cheap and very authentic. There is a man selling tea on board in those typical little glasses (Chai, chai!!). Take the boats at Eminonu, by the old Galata Bridge, close to the Railway Station.
Fondest memory: Bosphorus fish served in the streets: The locals fish them in front of you, then they fry the fish in these tiny kitchen boats, then they put the fish inside some typical bread and there you go... a tasty fast turkish food.
Favorite thing: see the Bosphorus!! You can eat delicious sea food at the restaurants just by the strait And taste the national drink of Turks, Raki, while listening to authentic live Turkish music. You can find these places in Tarabya, Istinye, Ortaköy, Bebek, Arnavutköy...
Fondest memory: onboard a ferry the first day in Istanbul for a trip up the Bosphorus. The easiest place to catch a ferry in Old Town is at Eminonu. You can get a guided tour or just hop on one of the ferries used for public transportation.