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On The Bosphorus in Istanbul.

An Afternoon on the Bosphorus in Istanbul.

On The Bosphorus in Istanbul.

September-October 2020.

No matter where one is and what one does in the Turkish capital, chances are you are never too far from the sparkling blue waters of The Bosphorus. Indeed this natural, seemingly omnipresent strait holds huge historic and cultural importance in Turkey.

The shuttle boat to Maiden's Tower in Istanbul

On The Bosphorus in Istanbul.

Serving as the continental boundary between Europe and Asia, The Bosphorus links The Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara. In Istanbul itself it sweeps elegantly from the upper balconies of Topkapi Palace. It stretches into the distance from the windows of Pandeli Restaurant. Moreover, in cahoots with the sky, it frames the city’s gentle hills and their majestic mosques.

On the Bosphorus with Leighton Travels.

On The Bosphorus in Istanbul.

No wonder then that The Bosphorus inhabits such a romantic place in Turkish art, film, music and literature. It features in some of Turkey’s most treasured novels, such as The Museum of Innocence. It is front and centre in the award-winning Turkish movie Journey to the Sun. And it shimmers with an alluring mystery in View of Constantinople by the Russian marine art master Ivan Aivazovsky.

The painting View of Constantinople by Ivan Aivazovsky.

View of Constantinople (1856).

Unsurprisingly, when Sladja and I get all nostalgic about our time in Istanbul, it is the Bosphorus that sits at the heart of our happiest memories. Take the wonderfully atmospheric Galata Bridge, for example, which spans The Golden Horn, the Bosphorus’ primary inlet.

On The Bosphorus in Istanbul.

Galata Bridge on the Bosphorus.

Dusk over Galata Bridge.

Connecting the unmissable neighbourhoods of Eminönü and Karaköy, we must have crossed Galata Bridge dozens of times during our Istanbul adventures.

Crossing Galata Bridge in Istanbul.

On The Bosphorus in Istanbul.

Although a number of bridges have stood on the spot over the centuries, Galata Bridge is actually a modern construct that opened in 1994. Serving motorists, cyclists, public buses, trams, pedestrians and wandering dogs, this is definitely one of Istanbul’s most fascinating people-watching spots. Not least due to the near ever-present crowd of local fisherfolk who gather with their rods and buckets.

Locals fishing on Galata Bridge.

On The Bosphorus in Istanbul.

As such, it is virtually impossible simply to cross the bridge without stopping. Rather, we invariably found ourselves pausing along the way to absorb the atmosphere. The fishermen themselves were always good value. Some smiled and nodded as we stopped to look and take photos. Most though were grizzled, grimacing veterans, conversing among each other gruffly. Or simply staring out across the Bosphorus with a cigarette hanging out of their mouths.

Galata Bridge.

Fishing in the Bosphorus from Galata Bridge

On The Bosphorus in Istanbul.

Bosphorus gazing soon became one of our favourite pastimes too. Handsome and hypnotic, we’d breathe in the mildly salty air, watch the gulls flap by and follow the trains as they rumbled through Haliç Station on Golden Horn Metro Bridge.

Golden Horn Metro Bridge in Istanbul.

On The Bosphorus in Istanbul.

One afternoon we came across a giant swarm of jellyfish at the bridge’s southern end. Having never seen jellyfish in a city centre, we were both taken by surprise. Later, I read that overfishing is responsible for the increase in Istanbul jellyfish action. In fact, species such as mackerel and sprat (that typically feed on jellyfish) are now so few in the Marmara Sea that jellyfish numbers have swollen and migrated into the city.

Jellyfish in the Bosphorus Istanbul.

On The Bosphorus in Istanbul.

Another day, early morning, we were lucky enough to catch the bridge in quiet mode. Much to our delight, we realised that a team of workmen and painters had risen at the crack of dawn to carry out some maintenance. This included a comprehensive paint job of the bridge’s railings in a pleasing sea blue.

Freshly painted Galata Bridge Istanbul October 2020

On The Bosphorus in Istanbul.

It was a lovely moment to be on the bridge for more Bosphorus views. Free from traffic, the fishing crowds and even for the most part other pedestrians.

On The Bosphorus in Istanbul.

An overcast morning on Galata Bridge Istanbul

Early morning on Galata Bridge.

It was a cool morning and there was a faint breeze. The sky was magnificent, an expansive blanket of fluffy grey and white clouds breaking apart in preparation for the coming day.

On Galata Bridge.

On The Bosphorus in Istanbul.

A little further along Galata we came across the workmen. They had gathered by their truck to take a rest and drink tea from a rusty old kettle. Easily the friendliest labourers I have ever met, they smiled and waved as we passed. One even posing with a peace sign for the photo I dared to take.

Workmen on Galata Bridge in Istanbul.

On The Bosphorus in Istanbul.

We’d been exploring Istanbul for over a week when I suddenly realised we should get onto the Bosphorus for a cruise while we still had time. Not keen on a luxury yacht tour, nor indeed any of those overpriced tourist ordeals with live music and a buffet, we resolved to simply do the local thing. Yup, we hopped on one of the public transport ferries that regularly shuttles folk from one side to the other.

Kabatas Ferry Station.

Kabatas Ferry Station in Istanbul.

On The Bosphorus in Istanbul.

As luck would have it, we found ourselves in the vicinity of Kabatas Ferry Station, from which one can zip across the water, disembarking at Üsküdar. Joining a short line at the counter, we grabbed a pair of tickets for 24 Lira (roughly $1.15) and leisurely boarded our waiting boat, the Mehmet Erding.

Taking the ferry from Kabatas in Istanbul.

On The Bosphorus in Istanbul.

Gradually, the boat began to fill up. As we waited, it was fun to watch the other ferries come and go. Especially when one such departure revealed the chiselled form of nearby Dolmabahçe Mosque.

Dolmabahce Mosque near Kabatas Ferry Station in Istanbul

On The Bosphorus in Istanbul.

Completed in 1855, this lovely baroque mosque was commissioned by The Queen Mother, Bezmiâlem Sultan, a consort of Sultan Mahmud II. She brought in the highly respected Turkish-Armenian architect Garabet Amira Balyan to design it.

Turkey flag.

He did a fine job and the mosque remains a favourite among many Turks. Chiefly thanks to its signature stone arches on the facade, in addition to ornamental wall calligraphy, a sublime marble floor and massive windows that allow light to flood into the interior.

Dolmabahce Mosque Istanbul.

Dolmabahçe Mosque.

With the ferry around a quarter full, we pulled out of the station and were soon gently gliding through the delicious blue of the Bosphorus.

On The Bosphorus in Istanbul.

The gorgeous blue waters of Istanbul's Bosphorus


Glancing around the deck, I saw a suited businessman, perhaps on his way to a meeting. A frazzled looking mother armed to the teeth with shopping bags, her toddler daughter sat on her lap sucking on a lollipop. A pair of English speaking westerners who, in light of the considerable breeze, now felt comfortable enough to remove their face masks.

Istanbul during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On The Bosphorus in Istanbul.

In the distance, we spied a number of handsome yalıthe undeniably gorgeous Ottoman era waterfront mansions that belong to Istanbul’s rich and powerful. Some, I’ve read, date as far back as the late 17th century. Other more modern creations, meanwhile, stand as some of the world’s most expensive real estate.

Ottoman waterfront houses in Istanbul.


Photo courtesy of Moonik.

Soon, we would be arriving in Üsküdar. So we wasted no time in grabbing a last batch of photos before our crossing drew to a close.

Taking the ferry from Kabatas to Uskudar in Istanbul

On The Bosphorus in Istanbul.

Visit Istanbul Cruising the Bosphorus.

Breathing in the Bosphorus vibe.

At Üsküdar, near the ferry terminal, there is a cluster of atmospheric cafes where one can dine on the Bosphorus, so to speak. One of these, Paci Lounge, was packed to the rafters with people drinking coffee and grabbing a late lunch.

Paci Lounge

Paci Lounge.

Not yet satisfied with the amount of time we’d spent on Istanbul’s famous waters, we resolved to jump onto another vessel. This time the destination was Maiden’s Tower (Kiz Kulesi), a 5-floor former lighthouse built in the early 18th century. It sits on a tiny islet at the Bosphorus’ southern end, with dinky boats ferrying curious visitors to and from Üsküdar every ten to fifteen minutes.

Maiden’s Tower.

Maiden's Tower

On The Bosphorus in Istanbul.

The journey takes less than ten minutes, with tickets going for 30 Lira per person ($1.50). Yeah, incredibly cheap, not least when we realised this included entrance to the actual tower itself! Chugging through the Bosphorus again, the ride gave us an opportunity to consider Maiden Tower’s long and eventful history.

Taking the boat to Maiden's Tower.

On The Bosphorus in Istanbul.

The tower as we know it today sprang up in 1725 upon the orders of the fearsome Ottoman Grand Vizier, military commander and statesman Damat Ibrahim Pasha. While a tower of some sort had stood on the islet for centuries, this one was built as a lighthouse. In the centuries that subsequently passed it has been used as a hospital, a tax collection centre and a radio station. 

Leander's Tower on the Bosphorus.

Closing in on Maiden’s Tower.

Furthermore, thanks to its picture perfect location, the tower has found itself featured in a number of movies, both domestic and international. Most famously, it appeared in the 1999 James Bond blockbuster The World is Not Enough. Basically, the island serves as villain Elektra King’s lair. This is where she keeps kidnapped M and where, inevitably, 007 speeds off to for his usual heroic rescue.

Maiden's Tower Istanbul James Bond.

On The Bosphorus in Istanbul.

On arrival we began our self-guided tour by doing a swift 360 of the islet, which took about 5 minutes. Nevertheless, it was fun to look back towards the city and observe a gull that swooped down to land by the tower for a breather.

On The Bosphorus in Istanbul.

A seagull on the Bosphorus in Istanbul.

“Yes, can I help you?”

Inside the tower, we passed through the ground floor restaurant on our way to the main staircase. Apparently, it does excellent albeit pricy Turkish cuisine, though things were very quiet that afternoon.

The Turkish restaurant at Maiden's Tower in Istanbul

On The Bosphorus in Istanbul.

A winding stone staircase took Sladja and I up through the tower’s five floors. As we climbed, there were some wonderful angles of the Bosphorus and the city through the open apertures. That’s Galata Tower poking out of the skyline in the background.

Bosphorus views from Maiden's Tower.

On The Bosphorus in Istanbul.

On the various floors, there are some quirky though admittedly tacky exhibitions on the many legends of Maiden’s Tower. They mainly focus on the ancient towers that predate today’s 18th century form. One legend is that of an emperor who had a beautiful daughter (a maiden). Unfortunately, an oracle told the king that his beloved daughter would die from a snake bite on her eighteenth birthday.

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On The Bosphorus in Istanbul.

As a result, the emperor built a home for her on what is today’s islet in the Bosphorus. Mistakenly believing he had saved her from the oracle’s grim prophecy, daddy arranged for a lavish eighteenth birthday party on the island. One of the maiden’s presents was a large basket of the freshest most delicious grapes in the land. Dipping her hand inside the basket for a taste, a snake that had been hiding inside duly bit her and she died in her father’s arms.

Maiden’s Tower.

The legend of Maiden's Tower.

“We really need to get a refund on those grapes”.

Another legend is that of Leander and Hero. As the tale goes, Leander was a young peasant man who fell in love with Hero, the priestess of Aphrodite. Every night Leander would swim to the islet tower where Hero lived in order to woo her.

Eventually, they enjoyed a passionate love affair until one stormy, fateful night. In such terrible weather conditions, the light that Hero usually lit for Leander atop the tower blew out. With waves crashing into him as he swam, Leander sadly lost his way and drowned before later washing up ashore.

The legend of Leander and Hero.

“Well… that was fun while it lasted”.

Brokenhearted, Hero decided to end her own life by jumping from the tower. It’s another miserable story. But one that is famous enough that many people in Turkey refer to the building as Leander’s Tower.

Kooky legends aside, at the top of the tower visitors get what they really came for. Namely some lovely views of the Bosphorus and the two sides (European and Asian) of Istanbul. Definitely worth the modest fee.

On The Bosphorus in Istanbul.

Bosphorus views from the top of Maiden's Tower

On The Bosphorus in Istanbul.

It was early evening when we jumped back on the ferry to make our way home. By this point the sun was beginning its slow descent, which made for some magical shifting colours and beams of light dancing off the water.

A slow sunset over The Bosphorus in Istanbul

On The Bosphorus in Istanbul.

And then there’s dusk of course and the romanticism of nighttime. When The Bosphorus is illuminated by Istanbul’s bright lights. Lit by hillside mosques and the constant flow of cars on the bridges. And by the waterside mansions, the street lamps of the market districts and the boats themselves that continue to operate way into the wee hours of the morning.

Istanbul at dusk October 2020.

On The Bosphorus in Istanbul.

One evening, towards the end of our stay, Sladja and I were feeling so captivated by Istanbul we stopped for a photo by the water’s edge. Looking back, it was a moment that made me realise how brave we’d been. Right in the heart of the global pandemic, the eye of the storm if you will, we had thrown caution to the wind by stopping in Turkey for a few weeks before heading home to Belgrade.

Our reward came in the form of a city and its people who treated us so kindly. That reward was present throughout the incredible sights we saw and the delicious food we ate. It was there in the Bosphorus too, an enchanting aspect of the Turkish capital that plays a key part in making it such an enthralling city.

Goodnight, Istanbul.

Nighttime on The Bosphorus in Istanbul.

On The Bosphorus in Istanbul.

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  • Paul

    Believe it or not, I have never been to Turkey. Your photos make me want to. Great blog 😀

    July 23, 2023 - 3:09 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      Thanks Paul, Istanbul would definitely be a natural starting point. We had two weeks in the capital and still come away with some stuff we didn’t get round to doing.

      July 23, 2023 - 3:38 pm Reply
  • Chris Axon

    Cracking city…loved walking over the Galata Bridge…fantastic location…people-watching perfection.

    July 23, 2023 - 3:21 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      Great to hear from you Chris, I hope all is well with you and that you aren’t despairing too much over what is happening to your beloved club. Thanks for reading and leaving a message.

      July 23, 2023 - 3:40 pm Reply
      • Chris Axon

        I have seen worse my friend.

        Easter 1986 for example.


        July 23, 2023 - 5:08 pm
  • Anna

    One day, one day…. I’ve read so much about the mighty Bosphorus yet seeing it in your photos just makes me dream for it even more!

    July 23, 2023 - 3:39 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      It contributes so much to Istanbul’s allure, Anna. Thanks for reading, hope you get to glide through The Bosphorus yourself one day.

      July 23, 2023 - 3:41 pm Reply
      • Anna

        Oh I’ll make sure I will!! A bit hard now with a family and business but I’ll get there!!!

        July 23, 2023 - 3:47 pm
  • Stan

    leighton you are a master of setting the scene and painting the atmosphere of a place. i think these photographs may be the best in the series yet, i feel istanbul wouldn’t be half the city it is without the bosphorus. what a dramatic buffer it is between the two sides of the city.

    July 23, 2023 - 3:47 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      The Bosphorus is indeed really special Stan, I thought it deserved its own article. Thanks for the kind words.

      July 23, 2023 - 3:54 pm Reply
  • kagould17

    Your post shows a lot of love for Istanbul and the Bosphorus Leighton. You have presented it well during a time of such turmoil. The Galata Bridge looks like the perfect place to people watch, capture the views and simply watch life go by. I love the worker shot. People will be people all over the world if we but give them a chance. But, the best way to see a place is from the water and like you, we have found the ferries much better than expensive sightseeing tours. Thanks so much for sharing this with us. Have a great Sunday. Allan

    July 23, 2023 - 4:35 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      Really appreciate your feedback Allan, I’m glad the article worked out. In truth I wish we could have spent a bit more time on The Bosphorus but hey, we hardly stopped exploring the city during our two week stay.

      July 23, 2023 - 4:59 pm Reply
  • Lyssy In The City

    Such beautiful pictures! I always enjoy getting onto the water to see the city from a different view. I don’t think I’ve ever seen jellyfish in the wild before.

    July 23, 2023 - 4:37 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      Thanks for checking in, Lyssy. Groups of jellyfish floating around in a city centre was definitely a first for both of us.

      July 23, 2023 - 5:00 pm Reply
  • christinenovalarue


    July 23, 2023 - 5:13 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      I think this comment didn’t work out but thanks for checking in! 🙂

      July 23, 2023 - 6:02 pm Reply
  • Mike and Kellye Hefner

    I loved everything about this post, Leighton, and I didn’t want it to end. From your humorous captions, gorgeous photos, and interesting retellings of legends, I was captivated from the first word. Now I want to book a trip to Istanbul so I can follow in your footsteps.

    July 23, 2023 - 6:55 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      Ah Kellye, I do believe you are the first person to ever mention my captions. I always try to be a bit silly where I can, keeps me amused at least 😉

      July 23, 2023 - 7:14 pm Reply
  • Mallee Stanley

    What a relaxing way to travel around Istanbul. I felt the calmness seeping off the screen at your words and photos. Though I wonder how long into the future those elegant houses along the waterfront will remain expensive since they don’t look to be far above sea level.

    July 23, 2023 - 6:55 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      Thank you very much, Mallee. You make a good point about those waterside mansions. Some of them are precariously positioned to say the least.

      July 23, 2023 - 7:15 pm Reply
  • Memo

    Great post. You began by answering a question I had from earlier. Ever since I located Pendali Restaurant on Google maps, I’ve wondered if you could see the Bosphorus from there. Was grateful to know you could. So glad you decided to visit Maiden’s Tower (in spite of the snake in the grapes). Great views of the water and city landmarks. It’s interesting that the fishermen on Galata Bridge are fishing from the upper lever where they have to cast out and over the lower. Wonder what they catch. Hard to believe that the sea level dropped so much during the last ice age that the Bosphorus ran dry.

    July 23, 2023 - 7:00 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      Yeah, one can see The Bosphorus from the (few) window tables at Pandeli. It’s not what I would call a prime angle, but a Bosphorus view nonetheless. Maiden’s Tower is all about those wonderful views. Without them I think I’d have been bitterly disappointed with only the so-called exhibits on the landings between each set of stairs. I think (and I’m purely speculating here) that fishing is perhaps banned from the lower level. Not sure why that would be, but then also a bit baffled why nobody goes down here. As for what they catch, a quick online search says primarily bluefish and Atlantic bonito.

      July 23, 2023 - 7:22 pm Reply
  • Little Miss Traveller

    We took the same ferry across the Bosphorus as you both did and enjoyed our day out. Definitely the best value way to travel.

    July 23, 2023 - 8:07 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      Thanks for your comment Marion.

      July 23, 2023 - 8:59 pm Reply
  • Erin of the Hills

    This series had already moved Istanbul up on my travel list but this post in particular has absolutely captivated me. Thank you for sharing your wonderful stories and photos!

    July 23, 2023 - 8:11 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      Thank you Erin for being such a loyal reader. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed these Istanbul adventures, there’s plenty more to come over the next few months.

      July 23, 2023 - 9:36 pm Reply
  • thebulldogbreeder23

    Brilliant article! I’m glad to have found your blog just subscribed by email. Galata Bridge looks like such a vibrant gathering spot.

    July 23, 2023 - 8:57 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      Thanks so much for your like, comment and indeed follow! I hope you enjoy the rest of my Istanbul series.

      July 23, 2023 - 9:37 pm Reply
  • Jason Lawrence

    Another top notch blog. Istanbul tourist info should hire you, their website is a joke.

    July 23, 2023 - 11:37 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      Ha, you’re not wrong about these official Istanbul tourist sites. They really are very poor, thanks for your comment, Jason.

      July 24, 2023 - 12:10 am Reply
  • thomasstigwikman

    I’ve been to Greece several times but never to Turkey. The Bosphorus looks beautiful. I have to admit I did not even know about the bridges. Istanbul seems to be a very interesting place. As usual your photos are great. Thanks for an entertaining read.

    July 24, 2023 - 12:26 am Reply
    • Leighton

      Thank you Thomas for checking out this piece On the Bosphorus, much appreciated.

      July 24, 2023 - 10:01 am Reply
  • Lookoom

    I saw the Bosphorus as a big river, an obstacle to visiting the city, unfortunately my stay was too short to invest in the crossing. Though it’s certainly possible to get different views of the city and the palaces that line it.

    July 24, 2023 - 4:15 am Reply
    • Leighton

      An obstacle to seeing the city eh? Now there’s an observation I perhaps need to process. I had never thought of the Bosphorus as anything other than a jewel in Istanbul’s considerable crown. Then again, I was fortunate enough to visit the city at a time when there were 3-4 million people less than usual.

      July 24, 2023 - 10:12 am Reply

    Absolutely couldn’t agree more with all you’ve said about both the city and its stretch of water. Gazing out across the glowing surface from anywhere around Istanbul is simply inspiring, the thought that you’re looking at the divide between continents just adds to the aura. And yes a boat trip is an essential part of every visit.

    July 24, 2023 - 11:08 am Reply
    • Leighton

      Thanks for checking in guys.

      July 24, 2023 - 1:47 pm Reply
  • wetanddustyroads

    Yes, The Bosphorus (and the ferry ride) looks like a lovely place from which to appreciate the beauty of Istanbul more! And the Galata Bridge is lovely (I see there is even a woman fishing 😉). I also like your visit to Maiden’s Tower – the views from there are beautiful. Why do legends usually have a tragic twist? That last photo of you guys is beautiful – definitely memories to cherish!

    July 24, 2023 - 11:28 am Reply
    • Leighton

      I agree such legends usually have a tragic finale and with an all-too familiar plot, time and time again. Underwhelmed by the tower’s displays, we were delighted with the vista from the viewing platform at the top. Thanks for checking in, Corna! 🙂

      July 24, 2023 - 1:57 pm Reply
  • Travels Through My Lens

    I thoroughly enjoyed this post, with the beautiful photos and your lyrical writing; it was a joy to read.

    July 24, 2023 - 12:37 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      Thanks Tricia.

      July 24, 2023 - 1:59 pm Reply
  • travelling_han

    Your photos are just beautiful, the water looks so blue. We didn’t manage to take to the Bosphorous on our visit but your post has made me want to return to do just that 🙂

    July 24, 2023 - 8:52 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      Thanks for dropping by Hannah, much appreciated.

      July 25, 2023 - 12:14 am Reply
  • grandmisadventures

    I think I could happily wander up and down Galata Bridge for days enjoying some great people watching and sea gazing. There is something so dangerously inviting though about the jellyfish…you know it’s a bad idea but to see so many of them all together just makes you want to touch them. I love the buildings next to that beautiful blue of the river, kooky legends and all 🙂

    July 25, 2023 - 12:48 am Reply
    • Leighton

      Thanks for joining me ‘On the Bosphorus’ Meg. We loved how there was still something of a summer vibe to Istanbul in September/October that year and the Bosphorus definitely played a part in that.

      July 25, 2023 - 9:15 am Reply
  • Free KetoDietRecipes & Guides

    Great blogging! 🙂

    July 25, 2023 - 2:28 am Reply
  • WanderingCanadians

    There’s just always something so captivating about being by the water. How wild to see so many jellyfish in that one spot. It’s too bad to hear that they’re the result of overfishing. Those are some gorgeous views from the ferry (and I can’t get over how cheap it was).

    July 25, 2023 - 3:48 am Reply
    • Leighton

      Yeah, the ferry is super cheap and sure beats paying $100+ for some tacky cruise with blasting music. Thanks for reading!

      July 25, 2023 - 9:18 am Reply
  • Rebecca

    Taking a boat ride on the Bosphorus is a must while in Istanbul. It’s a convenient way to see many of the major sites (Galata Tower, the Maiden’s Tower, Dolmabahçe Mosque…), all while enjoying the fresh, sea air in your face. Looks like a fun time, Leighton!

    July 25, 2023 - 8:09 am Reply
    • Leighton

      Thanks for dropping by Rebecca.

      July 25, 2023 - 9:23 am Reply
  • Lingo in Transit

    I love the picture of the jellyfish (pity about the lack of fish and the increasing jellyfish population!) and the people fishing off the bridge (are some catching said jellyfish?). The Bosphorus seems like where all the action is.

    July 25, 2023 - 10:47 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      I don’t think we saw anyone trying to catch jellyfish but hey, I wouldn’t be surprised if that takes place here and there. Thanks so much for checking into my Istanbul series!

      July 25, 2023 - 11:14 pm Reply
      • Lingo in Transit

        Oh I meant if they were trying to catch fish but ended up pulling in a jellyfish instead. I’ve not been to Istanbul and it’s been on the list further down but your posts are pushing it further up now.

        July 25, 2023 - 11:20 pm
      • Leighton

        Ha, I’m sure accidental jellyfish catching is something that does happen a lot. I can just see the fishermen’s disappointed face. Thanks for the kind words!

        July 25, 2023 - 11:25 pm
  • NortheastAllie

    Wow! The ocean views are so beautiful, and it was interesting to learn that the tower was in a James Bond film, very cool!

    July 26, 2023 - 2:29 am Reply
    • Leighton

      Hey Allie, thanks for swinging by. I guess it looks huge from the photos, but the Bosphorus is actually just a narrow strait that runs between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. It’s about 32 kilometres long.

      July 26, 2023 - 9:21 am Reply
  • christinenovalarue

    Merci pour cette balade sur le Bosphore, que j’ai savourée il y a des années…💖💓

    July 26, 2023 - 1:55 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      Je suis content que vous aimiez aussi le Bosphore ! Merci pour votre commentaire! 🙂

      July 26, 2023 - 2:24 pm Reply
  • anoush

    Istanbul is a glorious city, isn’t it? And, the Bosphorus is half of its charm, in my opinion. Beautiful views of the city, and its prime real estate. I’d love to stay in a yali now after reading your article. Galata Bridge seems like a very atmospheric spot for the views and people watching. Why would anyone want to destroy that lovely tower which is a source of income for the city!? Other than the jellyfish, have you spotted any other marine life while in Istanbul?

    July 27, 2023 - 10:44 am Reply
    • Leighton

      Hey Anoush! Actually yes, we caught some delightful glimpses of a distant dolphin from Galata Bridge one morning. Sadly this was too brief to capture on camera but hey, what a thrill! 🙂

      July 27, 2023 - 10:58 am Reply
  • Ayi Ariquater

    Great writing and photos, the city and the Bosporus looks magical.

    July 27, 2023 - 5:32 pm Reply
    • Leighton

      Hey Ari, I’m glad you liked the article. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts.

      July 27, 2023 - 5:34 pm Reply
  • David Linebarger

    Great pics. I feel like I’m there. Need to go.

    July 28, 2023 - 1:38 am Reply
    • Leighton

      Thanks for dropping by David.

      July 28, 2023 - 7:10 pm Reply
  • Monkey's Tale

    Can’t wait to be on one or more of those ferries!

    August 6, 2023 - 5:51 am Reply
    • Leighton

      You’ll love it Maggie, definitely one of the great joys of a visit to Istanbul. Thanks for the catch up, stay safe out there.

      August 6, 2023 - 10:16 am Reply

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