Bosphorus, the straight that connects Sea of Marmara with the Black sea, is the water passage that’s shores are almost heavily settled by the Istanbul Metropolitan. It is one the key gateway for the water bound trade of the Black sea adjacent countries. Even the other gateway of the whole passage which is known as Dardanelles. Both together forms the Turkish Straights which stretches from the Mediterranean Sea to the Black Sea.
One of the best part of Istanbul tour is the Bosphorus cruise and the place from where it starts is the renowned Eminönü İskelesi or Eminonu Pier. This is an amazing ferry terminal from where the cruise ships for the Bosphorus starts and also a common ferry terminal to cross the intercontinental waterway in between Asia and Europe. After a short trip in the old city of Istanbul and the famous landmarks like Hagia Sophia, I have decided to join the famous Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise. It was indeed a superb experience. Moreover, the two hour cruise let me explore the shores of the continental barrier. The Asian part of Istanbul and the European part of Istanbul could be easily distinguished by the architectural pattern of the buildings, infrastructures. And also the magnificent Bosphorus bridge which is indeed an engineering wonder, was so spectacular at night specially when it is lighted.
The cruise sailed by the European side of the city which include Karaköy, Taksim Square, Beşiktaş areas. On the way the famous Dolmabahçe Palace can be seen. This historical amazing palace served as the administrative center of the mighty Ottomans from 1856 to 1887 and again from 1909 to 1922. The beautiful palace was curved out from pure marble and crafted by the best craftsmen of the contemporary era. Then comes the ancient Ottoman fortress, Rumeli Hisarı Müzesi which is just adjacent to the famous Fatih Sultan Mehmet Köprüsü (Bridge) or known as the Second Bosphorus Bridge This bridge is a wonder in the engineering world and today well known as the fifth largest suspension span cable bridge in the world. This significant bridge also connects Asia with Europe.
After reaching the second bridge, the cruise tends to return back to the place of start and on the way back people boarding the cruise can watch the sunset from the ship. The blue water of the Bosphorus Straight turns golden and the reflection of the setting sun make the moment more romantic and enjoyable. While coming back, the cruise sails near the famous Maiden’s Tower and then slowly approaches the Eminönü Pier. Lastly I went to the fish sandwich selling boats that are set near Galata Bridge. I bought a whole fish sandwich which is known as balık ekmek. The series of boat that sells this sandwich brings a vibe to the place making it more festive also in the late night. The day ended very nicely as I went back to the hotel by bidding farewell to my friend and promised to visit this place again very soon. The next day I prepared for my travel to Edinburgh, the city where I stayed, studied and explored the beautiful highlands for the next 4 months.