last post on istanbul! taking a cruise down the bosphorus is a very touristy thing to do but so much fun! first you go down the asian (or is it the european?) side of turkey and the guide points out all the major landmarks. then at some point, the boat makes a U-turn then it travels along the european (or is it the asian?) side of turkey. this was the boat we rode:
and as we got on and sailed away, there was a fire in the hills, which cast a dramatic plume of smoke above the massive mosques and fabulous palaces along the banks of the river:
our group of 12 had the boat all to ourselves! top deck and lower deck!
the sun was out, it was a lovely day, and we got good light for photos! some choice shots: