Istanbul – The Bosphorus


The Bosphorus is a narrow seawater strait linking the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara. It is approximately 3km wide, 31km long and divides the city of Istanbul into it’s European and Asian sides. It hosts a huge amount of shipping of various sorts on daily basis, from tourist boats to cruise liners to fishing boats to ships transporting goods to Istanbul and beyond.

Much of Istanbul life revolves around the Bosphorus in one guise or another. The numerous palaces, mosques and other places of historical interest are as a result of Istanbul’s geographical location on the straits and it’s significant related political & religious history. Day & night is witness to a plethora of trade, tourist and recreation activities.

Istanbul is a fishy city! So many fish. So many fish shops and fish stalls in the markets. Numerous city fishermen spend endless hours with their fishing rods on Galata Bridge and other locations. Punters at the bridge restaurants watch in fascination as fish get caught and hauled in from time to time. Street sellers sell fresh fish sandwiches to passers by. Fish, fish & more fish. Day & night. Fish.

Day Time

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Night Time

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6 Comments on “Istanbul – The Bosphorus

  1. Hi, Istanbul is very beautifullllllllll specialy bosohours …..sandwitches are good but taxi drivers not good….hotels are costly…everything is exoensive like carpet etc

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    • You must be careful with the carpet sellers. Many are selling carpets from China but charging price for Turkish. The taxi drivers are a disaster! But it is still a great city.

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    • Thanks Ana. Canon 7D. Most of the shots I posted were taken with 50mm x 1.8 lens. In Istanbul you could take good shots with your shoe. It’s photo heaven!

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      • hahaha that’s true! I took some pictures this October but can’t wait to get back there next May when the weather is better.

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      • Hi again! I prefer the night shots at most of the sights. Great lighting and makes for some great shots. Good luck with your trip & look forward to seeing some of yours. MB

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