Cycling in Istanbul

Cycling in Istanbul on a warm December day

December is usually cold and wet (usually rainy but sometimes it also snows) in Istanbul. But, this year, the first days of December was warm (around 20°C / 68°F) and sunny. A bit windy, though, but the south winds is the main reason why it was extraordinarily warm. So it was a good opportunity to get on our bikes last weekend.

Cycling in Istanbul
This photo was taken on a quiet road near the Bosphorus. I took the photo, so the guy in the red jersey, it’s me. The guy in the green jersey and CK Valhall shorts is my friend and neighbour Hürol.
Istanbul - Bosphorus and the 3rd bridge
The view of Bosphorus and the 3rd bridge. Designed by the Swiss engineer Jean-François Klein (project leader) and by the French structural engineer Michel Virlogeux from T-ingénierie (a Geneva-based company). The height of its towers are 322 meters (1,056 ft). So, it is one of the tallest bridges in the world. It is, after the Millau Viaduct, the second-tallest bridge in the world of any type.
Istanbul is the only city in the world sit across two continents. It straddles both Europe and Asia, while the Bosphorus separates the two continents. The Bosphorus or Bosporus, also referred to sometimes as the Istanbul Strait (Turkish: İstanbul Boğazı), is a strait that forms part of the boundary between Europe and Asia. It is 31 kilometer (19 miles) long waterway that connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara.
Dalia Beach, Istanbul - December 02, 2017
The Dalia Beach. It is a small, clean beach near the Black Sea. It is one of the most beautiful beaches around Istanbul (if not the best). Since it is a small, narrow cove, the sea is usually peaceful here, unlike most other beaches near the Black Sea. It has good reviews and four stars on Trip Advisor.


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