chapter  1
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The View from the Bridge

Apoetwritingfourteencenturiesagodescribedthis cityasbeingsurroundedbyagarlandofwaters.Muchhas changedsincethen,butmodernIstanbulstillowesmuch ofitsspiritandbeautytothewaterswhichboundand divideit.Thereisperhapsnowhereelseintownwhereone canappreciatethismorethanfromtheGalataBridge,where alltoursofthecityshouldbegin.Thereareotherplaces inIstanbulwithmorepanoramicviews,butnonewhereone canbettersensetheintimacywhichthiscityhaswiththe sea,norbetterunderstandhowitsmaritimesituationhas influenceditscharacteranditshistory.Sothevisitoris advisedtostrolltotheGalataBridgeforhisfirstviewof thecity.Butyoushoulddoyoursight-seeingthereasdo theStamboullus,seatedatateahouseorcafeonthelower leveloftheBridge,enjoyingyourkeyifoveracupoftea oraglassofraki,lookingoutalongtheGoldenHornto whereitmeetstheBosphorusandtheSeaofMarmara.