chapter  2
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From the Galata Bridge to Haghia Sophia

TheareaaroundtheStamboulendoftheGalataBridge, knownasEminonii,isprobablythebusiestandmostcolorfulinthewholecity.Thesquarebeforethebridgeswarms withchaotictrafficandthebridgeitselfisthesceneofan endlessprocessionoftheIstanbulproleteriat,includingfascinatingtypesnotordinarilyseenintown.(Wheredothey goaftertheycrossthebridge?)Thequaytotheleftofthe bridge,asweenterStamboul,istheterminusfortheferryboatswhichconnectthecitywiththeseasidevillagesalong theshoresoflhcBosphorus.Theseobstreperousandcapriciouslittleboatsclusteraroundthebridgeandthe~hore beyond,churningthefoulwatersoftheGoldenHornintoa phosphorescentspectrumofgreensandblues,announcin.l! theirarrivalsanddepartureswithear-splittin~whistles. belchingoutcloudsofblacksmok~.theirpassengersmilling onandoffliketwodisorganizednrm:esengagedinanamphibiousstruggle,addingtothenoisea11dc·.lllfusionwhich isStamboul.