Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Walking Across the Bridge

The Bosporus is a strait that forms part of the boundary between Europe and Asia. The Bosporus, the Sea of Marmara, and the Dardanelles strait to the southwest together form the Turkish Straits. The world's narrowest strait used for international navigation, the Bosporus connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara (which is connected by the Dardanelles to the Aegean Sea, and thereby to the Mediterranean Sea).  Our flat was on one side of the Bosporus and the main part of Istanbul was on the other.
We became very familiar with the Bosporus and walking across the bridge became a daily (if not twice daily activity) once we figured out the ins and outs of the city by taking the street car the first day.

This is the area after you cross the bridge and where there are lots of street vendors selling chestnuts, cobs of corn, bread, and fresh juice.  There also want to sell you a boat tour down the Bosporus!
The kids' legs might have been too tired to walk any more through the city however, once we got on the bridge and there was plenty to see, they got a second wind and walked the whole way!
I quickly realized that our kids were just as much as a tourist attraction for the locals as their sights were to us.  So many people stopping to take pictures.  This was a tv reporter and her camera guy who wanted to take pictures with Ethan!
Asking for a hug and a kiss!!!  We had to start telling people to not kiss on the lips!!
All of the guys fishing from the bridge.
What do they have in their bucket???

Are they catching anything???
As long as we didn't knock any fishing poles, people were very friendly with the kids and let them look and explore!
And they even let the kids hold a fish!
Always drawing a crowd!
Checking out the bait for sale.
Fish for sale
Walking across the bridge became a fun, daily activity for the kids!!!

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