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Daily commute - crossing the Bosphorus by Marjolein Katsma

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ferry, boğaz, bogaz, bosphorus, haliç, halic, golden horn, atatürk köprüsü, ataturk koprusu, ataturk bridge, üsküdar, uskudar, haydarpaşa, haydarpasa, crossing, commute, commuter traffic, istanbul, turkey, türkye, turkye

Part of my The joys of waiting for the ferry collection, shot in Istanbul, October 2011. Read more about it at the intro to the series.
You could use the collection to navigate the series, or use these small thumbnails below to jump around as you like.

Ferry dock at Üsküdar   Life of a dock fender (Eminönü)   Eminönü SOS: a lifebuoy at the ferry dock   Between the ferry docks at Eminönü   Broken pattern (Eminönü)  
Street food - the best pilav ever at Hasköy   What people do when waiting for the ferry   Not so nautical - Hasköy ferry dock   Knot - Hasköy ferry dock   Crates at the Sütlüce ferry dock  
Loose pipes... - Eminönü   ...Victaulic gauges - Eminönü   Get some cash at Üsküdar   Water, wood, concrete, paint (Sütlüce)   Yet another way to wait (Sütlüce)  
Encrustration (Hasköy)   Waiting for the ferry passengers (Üsküdar)   Water, metal, concrete, paint (Hasköy)   The blues (Haydarpaşa)   Daily commute - crossing the Bosphorus  

With Istanbul straddling two continents across a sea straight (the Boğaz, or Bosphorus), as well as two sides of a large inlet (the Haliç, or Golden horn) that ends in the Bosphorus, it’s no wonder ferries take care of a lot of commuter traffic. Once the tunnel under the Bosphorus is ready, a lot of that traffic will be replaced by trains, but that project has been delayed by years because of a very large archeological dig: the actual Harbor of Theodosius was (quite unexpectedly) found at the planned location of a major station connecting the train and several metro lines. Until that dig is finished, work on the station and surrounding works are on hold.

We’re not quite at a ferry dock here, but close to the whole bank of ferry docks at Eminönü, on both sides of the Atatürk bridge: here we stand on the lower level of the southern half of the Ataturk Bridge (Atatürk Köprüsü) from where we see a large ferry crossing the Bosphorus – which surprised me again by how wide it is! (Much farther away on the right there’s an even larger ferry on its way north.) This ferry is on its way to the European side from either Üsküdar or Haydarpaşa (I could not tell from here) on the Asian side – we had yet to make the trips (by ferry, of course) to both of these.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

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  • Vitta
    Vittaabout 3 years ago


  • Wow, Vitta, I’ve barely hit the ‘Save’ button and there you are again! :) I much appreciate your attention and the nice comment, and thank you again for adding this to your favorites!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Bruce  Dickson
    Bruce Dicksonabout 3 years ago

    Again nice shot and interesting narrative

  • Thanks again, Bruce! Glad you like it.

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • hardhhhat
    hardhhhatabout 3 years ago

    Great angle to take this from instead of the above the railings :o) lovely.

  • Thank you very much, Vee! The frame presented itself, as it were. :)

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayabout 3 years ago

    How interesting, the Bosphorus hey, always would like to see it! :O)

  • Let me know when you’re going and I’ll join you! :) I think I’m addicted to Istanbul now, and I want to go back!
    Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Vanessa! (That also helped me find new groups. :))

    – Marjolein Katsma

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