When it's hot in Istanbul and you can't get out of the city, do as the locals do.
Dive, jump or simply swim in the cool waters of the Bosphorus strait - the large waterway that divides Europe from Asia.
|This Turkish teenager perfectly posed for me as we walked by along the Bosphorus.|
The water certainly looks tempting enough as temperatures hover daily around 32 C/90 F. But I fear the jelly fish, the pollution and the strong currents.
Despite those worries, from as early as 6 a.m. to at least as late as 11 p.m., I've observed young and old men, trying to keep cool in the Bosphorus. Yesterday, we actually saw several older women and a couple young girls in the water too as we walked along the shore.
|A nice dive into the Bosphorus.|
|Families, such as this one, watch as their children cool off in the Bosphorus.|
Swimming in the Bosphorus definitely is a man's sport as indicated by the photos I took. At least, several hundred women competed in the 2012 Intercontinental Bosphorus Race we watched recently.
To that tune, I keep ribbing my husband to join the locals in the Bosphorus. "Look, that guy is probably in his 60s and he's swimming out there. You should do it too," I tell him.
I figure he should do it at least once while we live in Istanbul just to say he did it. There's no harm in that, right?
If you want to enjoy a long walk along the Bosphorus, I'd recommend walking from Ortaköy to Bebek; or from Bebek to the Rumeli Hisarı area. We've even walked farther all the way to Emirgan Korusu (Emirgan Park), but you need to be ambitious.
|You'll also see plenty of fishermen along the Bosphorus.|
|A fishing line filled with the day's catch of small anchovy-like fish.|
You'll find plenty of cafes, restaurants and stores to pop into as well as a couple of green areas where you can relax. Be sure to pop into TAPS Brewery like we always do in Bebek for a decent malt beer.
Just maybe you'll be tempted to jump into the Bosphorus like the locals too.
|And if you get hungry on your Bosphorus stroll, you'll find plenty of street food carts selling corn on the cob, Turkish tea, sandwiches and sometimes even pop corn.|