Saturday, June 7 (Istanbul – Asian and European sides) – It’s not every day that you get to take a boat and then a bridge between two continents. But for me, today was that day. Istanbul is a huge city spread across both the European and Asian continents, separated by the Bosphorus. Tali and I signed up for a two-hour ferry tour that took us along both sides of the Bosphorus as well as up along the Golden Horn, the body of water that separates 'old' Istanbul from the rest of the city. Here are some photos from the journey.
TIP: Don't pay more than 25 Turkish lire for the two-hour tour (in fact, you can probably get it for about 20). However, while we had a great time, I don't highly recommend this boat ride unless you have plenty of time in Istanbul. The reason is that you have no guarantee that your tour guide speaks good English or if you will be able to understand him on the sound system. Unfortunately we couldn't understand a word so we were just watching the views for two hours which was very nice, but it would have been more meaningful if we knew what we were seeing. Just food for thought.
After the excitement of our maritime adventure, and our final lunch in Istanbul, it was time to head to the airport for the second leg of our trip. Instead of flying out of the airport we flew into, we were leaving from the other Istanbul airport on the Asian side of the city. So for the second time in the span of a few hours, we got to take a ride (over a bridge this time) from Europe to Asia.
Hi! I'm Stacy, a 28 year old Manhattanite who quit her job to go on a 100-day journey across the world. Follow me as I hot air balloon in Turkey, hike the Todra Gorge in Morocco, horseback ride across Ireland, and take part in all the other active adventures I can find!
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