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"...The Bosphorus is the link between the Black Sea to the north and the Sea of Marmara and Mediterranean to the south. So since time immemorial it has been the key to empires. The 16th-century French scholar Pierre Gilles described it as "the strait that surpasses all straits, because with one key it opens and closes two worlds, two seas."
To me, the Bosphorous fantasy that burned most brightly was that of swimming across. After entertaining it for far too long, I finally found a friend with a boat who was willing to accompany me. He advised that we start before dawn, since traffic is lighter then and the waves and currents more predictable.
The sun had not yet risen and the waves of the Bosphorus were rippling gently. Its water was warmer and cleaner than I expected. I felt exuberant as I made my way steadily across, thinking of Jason, Darius and Mehmet the Conqueror.
Other than my friend's small boat and a couple of jellyfish, I was alone — and grateful to be in this place. To orient myself I focused on a green shape on the shore that I first thought was a yali — one of the prestigious summer homes built along the Bosphorous by the 17th century Ottoman elite — but turned out to be a fishing vessel docked at Yeni Mahalle, the northernmost settlement on the European side.
I swam to it and past it. Just 39 minutes after setting out, having covered a distance of slightly more than a mile, I touched the seawall. No moment of my life in Turkey filled me with such rich and complex satisfaction..."

(stephen kinzer)



...taken on the european bank of the bosphorus...


(emirgan'da çekildi.)

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