July 27, 2009

Cruisin the Bosphorus

The Bosphorus, also known as the Istanbul Strait, is a strait that forms the boundary between the European side of Turkey and its Asian counterpart. It is the world's narrowest strait used for international navigation, connecting the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara. With a backdrop of incredible Mosques and wind generators ashore as well as a foreground of oil tankers headed to the Black Sea, navigating this straight is a magical experience. Here are two photos to give you a geographical sense of exactly where are located. The top photo from Google Earth shows the our general locale (within the dotted square. Note the Italy boot on the left). The second photo zooms in a bit to give you a sense of the unique physical quality of this narrow passage. After we left Istanbul we navigated through the Bosphorus to the Black Sea. Tomorrow we will arrive in Varna, Bulgaria.

The Bosphorus thanks to Google Earth

A NASA photo, the Bosphorus up close

And here is a photo montage to give you a sense of this amazing straight with parting glimpses of Istanbul and environs. Click on the 'Crusin the Bosphorus" link below the photo.

Crusin the Bosphorus

Posted by rohwedde at July 27, 2009 11:44 PM