Friday, 18 May 2012

Part of Istanbul's Seafront, Turkey

We recently had a very busy, three days in Istanbul.  It was our first visit to this lovely, historical city, and I only managed to get a snap shot of the architecture, history, culture and colours.  I will be posting several pages showing the different aspects of the City.   I hope you enjoy are whirl wind trip.

We will start our journey along part of the seafront running along the Sea of Marmara (Marmara Denızı).  If you are expecting a pretty, quiet, walk along the seafront, then you will be disappointed.  There is a very busy four lane road running along the whole of this coastline and the hum from the tankers, ferries and boats on the sea has to be heard to be believed.  But having said all of this there is still a lot of interest here.

Just for a moment we will glance away from the sea, inland, to take our first, different, glimpse of one of the icons of Istanbul, the Blue Mosque.  I took this shot to show the contrasts that can be seen in this city, between the modern lifestyle of today, versus the older housing, versus the historical.

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We are now carrying back along Kennedy (Sahıl Yolu) Caddesi (Street) towards Ahırkapı Feneri (Lighthouse).  

This lighthouse was commissioned by Sultan Abdülmecid in 1857 and was constructed by French engineers.   It is still being used today.

Further along we came across a lot of fishermen, fishing being a very popular pastime amongst Turkish men and women.

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One thing I did notice here, was the trend to place your catch in water bottles, rather than buckets as I normally see elsewhere.

Whatever country you are in, that countries flag fluttering against a blue sky always makes a lovely photo, and Turkey's being red always works well.

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All the way along the seafront, opposite the sea we have been overshadowed by a large wall, the remains of Bukoleon Sarayı, the Imperial  Palace of Bucoleon.

We are now looking across the Sea of Marmara towards what is commonly known as the 'New City of Istanbul'.

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Here you can see a Cormorant bobbing along, probably looking for lunch.

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