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  • Writer's pictureTomás S. Ó Ceallaigh

Eminönü Kadıköy İskelesi, Istanbul

Updated: Jan 5, 2019

"The boat was rolling over in an ocean; The dream threw me on the shores of Marmara!" - Mehmet Akif Ersoy

On my first day in Istanbul, at the start of April 2018, I decided that I would avoid the tourist cruises that navigate around the Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara. Instead I took a commuter ferry between Eminonu pier on the European side of the city to Üsküdar on the Asian side of the city.

The trip isn't too long, doesn't cost much with an Istanbulkart (the Istanbul version of London's Oyster Card) and has a small café for anyone in need of a çay top-up. Some of the ferries look particularly battered and bruised and some websites imply that a few were actually built on the Clyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

This photo was taken whilst I was deciding which ferry to randomly jump on. There had been intermittent rain all day which was trying to clear, leaving half of the sky behind the Galata tower cloudy and the other half much brighter, something even the water was reflecting. It was shot using a trusty Nikon D3300.

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