Rumeli Hisari, the fortress built by Mehmet II, between 1451 and 1452,
from where he launched his attack on Constantinople.
Enjoying the top deck
I so enjoy gazing at the beautiful mansions strewn along the
banks of this amazing strait...
...and the tall houses, jostling for space on the very edge of the water
Our boat moored by the new bridge being built at the
end of the Bosphorus, near the entrance to the Black Sea
Once there, it was time for a swim in the Bosphorus...
...followed by a buffet lunch
Some of the mansions, or 'yali', are painted in this colour, called 'Ottoman Rose'.
This is the traditional colour, dating from earlier times
Peeping out from behind the houses, is Anadoluhisari (the Anatolian Castle),
which was built between 1393 and 1394 by the Ottoman Sultan Bayezid I.
Küçüksu Summer Palace on the Asian shore of the Bosphorus.
This was used for short stays by the Ottoman Sultans during the summer months
What a glorious day we had! Here's to next year's cruising!
by Elizabeth Coughlan