|Ortakoy Mosque and the Bosphorus Bridge|
Having the chance to visit more than one continent has been pretty great. But having the chance to visit more than one continent in one morning was one of the coolest travel experiences we’ve had. With Istanbul being part of both Europe and Asia, we were able to do just that simply by driving across a bridge.
|The Bosphorus Bridge|
|Fishing boats by the Bosphorus|
We started in European Ortakoy, home of the stunning Ortakoy Mosque. As we crossed the Bosphorus Bridge over the strait, we arrived in the Asian district of Beylerbeyi and enjoyed a beautiful view back across to Europe.
|A view of Europe, from Asia|
The great Turkish writer, Orhan Pamuk, has written about the national emotion of huzun and describes it as being a kind of collective melancholy that is almost spiritual in nature. He speaks “of the old Bosphorus ferries moored to deserted stations in the middle of winter, … of the children who play ball between the cars on cobblestoned streets; of the covered women who stand at remote bus stops clutching plastic shopping bags and speak to no one as they wait for the bus that never arrives”.