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Cruising Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey

It was like a vacation in two continents when we had a holiday in Turkey last year. Yes, it was! Bosphorus, also spelled as Bosporus, also called as Istanbul strait, forms part of the boundary between Europe and Asia. We had a cruise there during our 10-day vacation last September 2011. It is the world's narrowest strait used for international navigation. I could not believe that I was truly there. I was only inspired to go there when an online friend send me and email that visiting Ephesus in Turkey was a great experience for him. It was a perfect timing because I found a cheap trip there and I immediately booked it sometime in May 2011.

It was truly a wonderful trip seeing the sights along the strait of Bosphorus. You can see woodlands, parks and palaces during the Ottoman period when cruising this strait. The Rumeli fortress is also visible from the boat. After that cruise we proceeded inside the Dolmabahçe Palace, a very stunning palace especially its interior. Sad to say, taking images inside the palace is not allowed.

Here are some snapshots I took during our cruise.

Passing-by at Dolmabahçe Palace, an amazing architecture both inside and out. We also had a tour inside this palace.

A beautiful mosque along the Bosphorus strait. I do'nt know the name of this mosque. I am guessing if this is the Ortaköy Mosque.

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