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Favorite thing: The famous Bosphorus Bridge (Bogazici Köprüsü) is also called the First Bosphorus Bridge, as nowadays two suspension Bridges over the Bosphorus Strait exist.
Construction of the 1560 m long Bosphorous Bridge lasted 3,5 years and the inauguration took place on the 30th October 1970. At that time it was the longest suspension bridge outside of the USA. Since 2007 the bridge is illuminated by multicoloured LED lighting by night.
The bridge can be seen from many viewpoints in Istanbul’s city centre, one of the best is at the northern end of the Gülhane Park. I also enjoyed views of the bridge on a Bosphorus boat tour, but missed to drive over it by public bus.
The Bosphorus Bridge connects two continents: Ortaköy on the European side and Beylerbeyi on the Asian side of Istanbul.
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Cruise the Bosphorus
Favorite thing: Cruising the Boshorus is one of the great pleasures that Istanbul has to offer. It is also relatively inexpensive compared to visiting some of the attractions in Istanbul. For just $3.00 you can hop onto a boat and sail up the Bosphorus for about 1hour and 45 minutes, eat lunch and then head back down to Istanbul.
The highlight of the trip is seeing the beautiful 19th century mansions that line the banks of the Bosphorus. The wooden homes have been painted bright colours and are quite eye catching. Many are now being restored as part of a government promotion.
The one flaw with this excursion is that it is very popular with tourists, hence it is difficult to get a seat on the boat. Also heads keep bobing in and out of your shots.
To catch a boat up the Bosphorus, you go to dock at Eminoni just by the Galata Bridge. Boats depart at 10:35am, noon and 1:35pm. They go all the way up the Bosphorus to Anadolu Kavagi and then turn around. If you do not want to take the boat back, then you can take a local bus. This is recommended if you want to catch some of the interesting sites on the Bosphorus such as the Rumeli Hisan, the European Fortress. If I had to do this journey again, I would have done this as the castle looks quite interesting.
A stroll in Bebek
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 ..
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Favorite thing: 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..
Favorite thing: 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..
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.
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Favorite thing: ... 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..
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Bospheros & The Black Sea
Favorite thing: 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) .
Fondest memory: 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 next morning I had a look from our hotel room window..... beautiful view.... if only the weather had been a bit nicer, just a few sparks of sunshine....
I had been lucky to see Bosphorus in turquoise color brfore, I could imagine how it would look like in sunny weather from up there....
Favorite thing: Bosphorus bridge is a suspension bridge about 1560 metres long. It is connecting Europe and Asia, going between Ortaköy in Europe and Beylerbeyi in Asia. It was the first bridge built over the Bosphorus and the construction was finished in 1973.
The Best of Bosphorus..
Favorite thing: 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...
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.
View from the bridge
Favorite thing: The Bosphorus (Bogazuci in turkish) - one of the most strategic waterways. The so called "Strait" is the connection between the "Black Sea" and the "Marmara Sea"
Also translated as " The Fort of the Cow" - the legend of IO - one of the jaleous lovers of Zeus
Fondest memory: The NHC convention
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Cruise Along the Bosporus 4
Favorite thing: Colorful houses rise from the waterfront to greet you as you arrive at the final stop of the tour on the Asian side-- Anadolu Kavagi, a place of delicious fresh fish and an ancient hilltop castle overtaken by time and foliage, overlooking the meeting of the Bosporus and the Black Sea.
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