L.J. Bear Goes to Turkey - Istanbul
by L.J. Slaski
(story and pictures, copyright (c) 1999)
Istanbul was founded more than 2,600 years ago. The city is located on
two continents, the western portion in Europe and the eastern portion in
Asia. The Bosphorus Strait separates the two portions of the city and
connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara.
This is a view across Istanbul's harbor towards the
Golden Horn. The Topkapi Palace as well as the
domes and minarets of St. Sophia's and the Blue
Mosque can be seen in the distance.
St. Sophia
There is a lot of ship traffic going through Istanbul's harbor. Oil tankers
go from the Black Sea towards the Mediterranean, freighters and military
vessels going in and out of the Bosphorus are plentiful as well. In
addition, numerous ferry boats criss-cross the harbor connecting the
European and Asian portions of Istanbul. After riding in taxi cabs in
Istanbul, ferry boats might be a good way to travel because it seemed that
traffic lights were only suggestions that were not necessarily obeyed.