Down the Bosphorus
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If you say Istanbul you say Bosphorus. The big waterway, connecting the Mediterranean with the Black Sea, cuts Istanbul in two halves. Today we took a ferry over the Bosphorus all the way north till we could see the Black Sea. Unfortunately, the weather was awful. It kept raining all day, and the Black Sea was hidden in the mists.
We got off at some little town at the eastern side (I believe it was Anadolu Kavagi). Together with a big group of tourists we squeezed ourselves into a little shop, buying umbrellas (the owner must have had the time of his life!) and we took a local bus back south. The children in the bus were staring a lot at the strangers we were.
On our way back we passed a magnificent Crusader's castle called Rumeli Hisari, but it was closed today. It was definitely not our lucky day, and warmed ourselves in a local Starbucks. But our little trip was lightened by two Australians we met on the local bus, named David and Leah. We ate hamburgers together and they told us about their big tour around Europe.
We ended the day with an excellent meal at Hamdi Restaurant in Istanbul (the best Turkish food I have had so far) and beer in the Barabar bar, which featured live Turkish rock.