After a (very) long bus trip back from Çanakkale I was so grateful that the hotel gave me a room with this view over the Bosphorous (Boğaziçi) when I arrived back to Taksim. Inexplicably the bus driver had taken the wrong exit off the freeway down a minor road and couldn’t turn around for about 5 km.
Then a poor woman was suddenly ill with motion sickness or some rapid onset virus and we had to stop until an ambulance arrived to attend to her.
As we arrived into the Otogar bus station a fellow passenger asked me, ‘Are you travelling to the Asian side?’
But no – I had to end my bus journey there and then take the Metro and the tram and the Kabataş-Taksim Funicular before I could enjoy the divine sight of Istanbul at night and then arrival of the sun on my last day in such an extraordinary city.
Some other nice posts on the Bosphorous Bridge and trams etc are on Paula’s blog here http://paulausta.wordpress.com/2013/07/17/the-bosphorus-bridge-bogazici-kpr-istanbul-turkey/