Istanbul, Water’s Edge

Istanbul is the largest transcontinental city in the world; one third of its population lives in Asia, and its commercial and historical center sits in Europe. Between them lies The Bosporus, one of the busiest waterways and the world’s narrowest straight, connecting the Sea of Marmara with The Black Sea. The straight is of huge importance to international navigation and trade. But it has also shaped the city, its people, and their culture. It’s easy to imagine the Istanbul of busy markets, crowded waterways, and dense urbanism. But within this bustling metropolis I was able to find a place of tranquility and peace. Amazing, how something so tranquil can create and sustain a city such as Istanbul.