Our first impression of Istanbul was a city of mosques and minarets, but we quickly got to enjoy the contribution made by the large expanses of water, the Bosphorus Strait and the Golden Horn. The Bosphorus runs approximately north-south joining the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea. The large part of Istanbul is to the west of the Bosphorus and is in Europe. The part to the east is in Asia. The Golden Horn is a large inlet that runs west from the Bosphorus and then turns north (hence “the Horn”).
We took a ride on the Big Bus, an open-topped tourist double decker. Here are a few photos of the Bosphorus as it passes through Istanbul.
Looking across at the Galata Tower
Typical Istanbul shoreline
The Bosphorus Bridge
Another view from the European side
Back on the European side
Once again, the Galata Tower