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The poetic flow of the Boshporus

Published on 09/05/18 in In travel

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he poetic flow of the Bosporus 3The poetic flow of the Bosphorus viewed from the Ҫirağan Palace  in Istanbul

...Later that morning in Venice, I set off for Torcello. I took the vaporetto from the pier at San Zaccaria which, so often, called to mind the pier at Beşiktaş in Istanbul: they so resemble each other because of the perpetual movement of boats. Most of all, though, it was the seagulls.  One day, I encountered my Venetian seagull while walking next to the water on the Bosphorus.

leonardo 1308834 Palace and Historical Gate S imageIstanbul is not as good for solitary walks as Venice is –in my heart of hearts, the two cities have a mother-daughter relationship, but there are protected places in Istanbul where you can walk. Late one afternoon I was at the Ҫirağan Palace. I left the cocktail party I had been invited to and descended the stairs into the gardens so that I could walk next to the water. A seagull, standing on a post, kept looking my way, as if awaiting me. I approached it and it stretched out its wings and soared upwards, flying high towards the Asian side of the Bosphorus. It then executed a perfect arch and returned to the European shore without ever reducing speed, settling back on the post in the Sultan’s marble pier.

“Wow!” I thought to myself and returned to the palace gardens.

The currents of the Bosphorus are quite dangerous, but I find their flow poetic. They separate two continents. On the other hand, the lagoon in Venice, just a dot on a world map, make me feel as if I am travelling to the ends of the Earth... An excerpt from the book: MY VENICE

Images: The Ҫirağan Palace, Istanbul

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