Dear Reader (2023-06-10),
Yesterday I released the first post (click here) in this new Jackdaw series in which I will try and bring visual sense to our recent travels in Eastern Europe. The map  summarizes the cruise portion.
Having slept on the current approach for a day, I think the approach will work until I change my mind.
Let’s continue exploring Istanbul. When we were there, we were just days before the May 28 election runoff for president.
Istanbul – Spice Market
Outside the spice market, speakers blare political messages supporting Erdogan. Most people try to ignore the cacophony.
~ Spice Market – 4 – Technically flawed but still a good image
Istanbul – The Bosporus
The Bosporus or Bosphorus Strait is a natural strait and an internationally significant waterway located in Istanbul in northwestern Turkey that connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara. It forms part of the continental boundary between Asia and Europe, and divides Turkey by separating Anatolia from Thrace. It is the world’s narrowest strait used for international navigation .
The origin of the strait’s name comes from the Ancient Greek and can be translated as ‘cattle-passage’, or ‘cow passage’. This is a reference to the Greek mythological story of Io, who was transformed into a cow and condemned to wander the Earth until she crossed the Bosporus, where she met the Titan Prometheus, who comforted her by telling her that she would be restored to human form by Zeus and become the ancestor of the greatest of all heroes, Heracles (Hercules) .
The Bosporus Strait and the Dardanelles Strait at the opposite end of the Sea of Marmara are together known as the Turkish Straits .
Earlier on in the day, April saw a dolphin in these same waters. We take a short boat tour on the Bosporos to see the European and Asian shores from the sea, and see no dolphins.
The phrase faded glory comes to mind and will remain there for the following weeks. The irony in this case is that the cost of any of these places is only a (or 100) lottery win away.
FYI: As you are scrolling through the images please note that you can click on any image and see the image with a nice dark background and no annoying band across the top. As well most of my photographs are best viewed on a monitor
1 – Scanned image from a printed Viking daily information sheet – no link
2 – adapted from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bosporus
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