We were delighted to have John and Rachel to stay, even if it was only for a short time. With little time to spare, we arose early on their first morning, and took a dolmuş, followed by a ferry, to Eminönü on the European shore. There we caught the ferry that travels the length of the Bosphorus, the 32km long strait that divides Europe and Asia. This cruise is one of the best, and most leisurely ways, to gain an overview of this great city, Istanbul.
John and Rachel look out over the Bosphorus
Our salad starter in Anadolu Kavağı
Rachel, looking at some colourful scarves
John, in the middle of haggling; unfortunately, the vendor didn't want his photo taken.
John was quite taken by the impressive array of watches!
...hmmm, aviator sunglasses, will I ...won't I?
...too much choice!
John chose this delectable treat, a mosaic cake
...and Rachel chose this scrummy-looking strawberry tart.
We finished the day by walking over the Galata Bridge, where the local fishermen catch whatever fish is in season. At the moment it looks like Hamsi, the European Anchovy. The fishermen were casting multiple hooks, which they dangled in the water, and then hauled in 8 or 10 of the little creatures at a time.
Rachel chose Turkish-style fish and chips...
...John chose a rather delicious-looking curry and rice