Posted by Kanga.
We hopped on a very crowded tram and rode to the Eminonu stop. Nearby is the Galata Bridge that crosses the Golden Horn. Under the bridge is a string of restaurants. At the end of the bridge is more of the European Istanbul, but if you look directly out from the bridge, you see the Asian Istanbul.
We walked to the center of the bridge where the walkway ends to allow for the boats to pass under the bridge. After taking a good look in all directions we started back and chose a restaurant where we could sit in comfort for a while, have tea and hot chocolate and read our books.
Later we walked back to land on the other side of the bridge.
Near shore we could see some well decorated and lit boats that required closer investigation.
On close inspection, the boats were floating kitchens where fish were being fried up. The eating was being done on shore.
Since it is nearby, we then proceeded to the Eqyptian bazaar. We walked through without buying anything. I would like some slippers with the curly toes, though.
The bazaar and surrounding area were really quite crowded. I’m glad we came in the off season.
We walked back to where we could catch the tram and called it a day. A very nice day.