54 Days at Sea — Istanbul; Galata Bridge, Golden Horn, and Lunch

Galata Bridge fishing

Ursula and I had visited Istanbul before, and the Galata Bridge was a highlight. Needless to say, we were definitely going back this time, and not just for the views of fishermen lining the railing. This bridge does more than just connect Istanbul across the Golden Horn; it’s also home to some great places for fresh catch lunch. Beneath the roadway supported by the Galata are restaurants and cafés.

Galata Bridge restaurants

Many of those restaurants offer an affordable lunch that includes a great fish sandwich and a beer.

Lunch beneath the Galata Bridge

But even before lunch Ursula and I were already out and about touring on this, our second full day in Istanbul. Prior to lunch we worked up an appetite by taking a cruise along the Bosporus. This cruise offers up some great photographic opportunities. As you cruise north of the Fatih district you’ll see the following sights:


Istanbul Ferry

Cruising the Bosporus

Leaving behind the Golden Horn, Bosporus, and Galata Bridge, don’t forget to glance around for other neat photographic opportunities. These following two images were from the MS Prinsendam’s the day before our Bosporus cruise and Galata Bridge lunch:

Old Ottoman wooden house


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