Galata Bridge, Istanbul – A Fisherman’s Worst Nightmare!
The Galata Bridge in Istanbul connects the old city to the more modern suburb of Taksim to the north. Usually, big cities do my head in, but Istanbul is one of my favourite cities of the world. Sure, it can be a bit chaotic, but the combination of fantastic architecture, great food, and the setting next to the Bosphorous just does something for me. I’d go back there any day.
Only 3% of Turkey is in Europe, and this photo was taken on the European side! The Galata Bridge has had a few incarnations since older bridges have been trashed and burnt down, but the latest version seems to be a favourite fishing haunt for many of the locals. And I mean a lot of locals.
Check out the photo below. I couldn’t believe how many prospective anglers were fighting for a spot on the bridge to somehow catch one of the fish in the water below. I placed myself into the mind of a fish swimming in the Bosphorous when I saw this scene. ‘Oh wow, look how many hooks that I could wrap my mouth around! Yes, I’ll go for that one, it looks really attractive!’
The only thing is that I think there are more worms wrap around hooks than fish attached to them! Oh well!
Galata Bridge Pics
The only thing anyone would catch on the Galata Bridge would be someone else’s line! Oh well!
You can find out more about the history of the Galata Bridge at 1912 Galata Bridge: as a Site of Collective Memory.
For more stuff on Istanbul, see Istanbul: Memories and the City, Istanbul: The Collected Traveler: An Inspired Companion Guide, and Strolling Through Istanbul: The Classic Guide to the City).