This morning we had booked to do a tour of the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus by boat.
Once again our guide was the one who spoke English and Spanish that we had had previously.
We started off on the other side of the Galata Bridge then went under it for our tour. The boat went down the Golden Horn and into the Bosphorus, hugging the left side of the waterway then crossed over at the Sulten Mehmet Bridge and came back hugging the right bank, until we turned back into the Golden Horn at Topkapi Palace and back to the mooring.
First thing is a great view of the Suleymaniye Mosque, built by Suleiman the Magnificent, and on top of one of the 7 hills of Istanbul. It can be seen from almost anywhere, and is the largest mosque in Istanbul.
We saw the Galata tower towering above the new town, but visited that another day so no photo here.
Here's the Istanbul Modern Art Gallery beside a mosque - the juxtaposition of old and new is one aspect of this city one finds both surprising and charming, and very exotic!
The Dolmabahce Palace
The Four Seasons Istanbul at the Bosphorus, formerly an Ottoman palace
Another former palace, now privately owned
The Rumeli Fortress, which is beside the Sultan Mehmet Bridge, is situated at the narrowest part of the Bosphorus, where it is just 660m wide.
Here we crossed the Bosphorus and returned along the right bank.
The Beylerbeyi Palace (the summer palace of the sultans, dates from 1860s)
The Maiden's Tower, previously a tax collection point
The Topkapi Palace from the water
and then back via the Galata Bridge to the boat mooring.
We then got on a bus and went to Pierre Loti hill, named after a French author who spent time here. There is a cable car built amongst the tombstones ( !!! ) here, but the terrace has terrific views of the northern parts of Istanbul and where the Golden Horn ends.
after taking lots of pictures we got on the cable car and went down the hill,
where the bus picked us up again and took us to a leather factory! We had a forced fashion show and were invited to buy the goods ( !!!! ) then we were taken back to Sultanahmet Park, which is that bit between Ayasifya and the Blue Mosque.
Some of the still standing walls of Istanbul, built by Constantine the Great, which surround the Sultanahmet
Can't remember where we ate lunch, but a short rest at the hotel then out for another adventure!