The first day in Istanbul started late in the evening with the thought "Oh-oh-oh, I'd rather be going for a walk to see it all before darkness falls!"
For some reason, I thought that Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia are the same structure. But when I arrived, it turned out that those two are entirely different architectures. Nevertheless, they are next to each other, in the same square.
The hotel where I lived has a name very similar to another one, a couple of blocks up the street. I had difficulties planning my itineraries because my smartphone built routes from the other hotel, not mine. Name your hotels uniquely!
Jellyfish in the Bosphorus
The next morning I decided to see the Asian part of Istanbul. I decided to take a ferry across the Bosphorus, from Europe to Asia.
Ferries are mundane here: they're like bus or minibus in other cities. Moreover, you can pay with a regular travel card, which is suitable for paying for any transport, whether it is a subway, a bus, a tram, or a ferry.
At the exit from the ferry, bazaar awaits. The usual one, or perhaps, unusual. It has flowers, merchants and many different goods for tourists.
There is a straight road from the ferry terminal that goes along the coast to the Bosphorus Bridge. On the left side, there is enough space for exactly one row of houses. It looks fascinating, a row of houses, and the sea as their backyards. Some even have their private pier. These houses alternate with parks and restaurants; the latter ones have access straight to the beach.
The gulls in Istanbul are pervasive. They are of every size and color. Further, they are everywhere: near fountains, on the shore, begging travelers for food. They are local pigeons. Or sparrows, gigantic sparrows.
Throughout the city, there is a significant number of stray dogs, each has a tag in the ear, just like grass fed organic farm cows. Those badges look like radio tags. Naturally, all the dogs are sterilized, and thus behaving like bigwigs - unhurried, dozing off here and there, and enjoying their dog life.