Our last look at the Turkish straits before moving back into the Aegean an on into the Mediterranean:
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Most people think of the Bosporus as the strait that links the Mediterranean and Black Seas. This is only partially correct, for there are actually two straits through which one must travel to make this journey. The other is the Dardenelles. Together these two bodies of water are known as the Turkish Straits.
The Bosporus is the eastern strait, and it runs in a north/south direction. The Dardenelles travels in an east/west orientation. The straits are connected by the Sea of Marmara.
Istanbul straddles the Bosporus.
The Dardenelles is not nearly as populated, but it has a history all its own. That’s especially true if you’re from Australia or New Zealand, or if you had anyone who served in ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) during the First World War. It was here that Allied French, British, and ANZAC forces suffered a horrendous defeat and huge casualties during the eleven-month Galipoli Campaign. Several of our fellow passengers from Australia and New Zealand made a pilgrimage to this hallowed ground during our two-day stay in Istanbul several days before. Unfortunately, by the time we were abeam the hillside Dur Yolcu Memorial overlooking Kilitbahir on the Galipoli Peninsula, it was late in the evening and the sun was below the horizon:
Now for today’s gallery and slide show:
Sailing a large ship through the Bosporus Strait means taking aboard a pilot for the journey:
Along the way you might even see the yacht used by the presidents of Turkey. This is the state yacht of the Republic of Turkey, the MV Savarona:
And being the Bosporus, sailing through it gives you yet another look at Istanbul. Click on any image below to bring up today’s gallery/slide show: