We had our mandatory Bosphorus cruise this morning as this is a must for all visitors to Istanbul and I was pleasantly surprise that it was a private cruise along the Bosphorus as we had the whole ship/boat to our tour group. Unfortunately, the weather was not so good as it was gloomy throughout the cruise and rather chilly with the wind. Well, it is one of those things that I dreaded whenever on holiday: lousy weather. Even the photos turned out gloomy.
The New Mosque dominates the Eminonu ferry terminal.
One of the many hotels, restaurants and clubs along the Bosphorus
The Throne Room
The Harem (?)
One of the pavilions
View of the Bosphorus from Topkapi Palace
After lunch we went on our way to Canakkale, passing Gallipoli (from a distance). We had to take a ferry across the Dardanelles to reach Canakkale on the Asian side of Turkey. We stayed the night at Iris Hotel which faces the Aegean Sea with promise of a romantic sunset but unfortunately the sun was obscured by the clouds. Sigh.