Turkish Travels - Eceabat & Istanbul
We crossed the Dardenelles by ferry from Canakkale in Asia to Eceabat on the European side. Eceabat is a small yet bustling port where we rested for a day before driving the last 6 hours into Istanbul. Very picturesque, relatively inexpensive and non-touristic.
Istanbul: A city which defies description. Sitting on two continents, divided by the Bosporus, Istanbul's population numbers somehwere near 15 million. Istanbul somehow blends thousands of years of history, and multiple civilizations and cultures, into a modern Turkish mega-city. The city is replete with historical confusion, with layers consisting of Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and Selcuk civilizations all merged into one. For any historian, philosopher or photographer, it is no doubt one of the ultimate destinations in the world. From the tourist crowded Sultanahmet district, to the many cities within the city, it has a little bit of everything for everybody.
Jul 25, 2006