The first leg of Ankara - Istanbul High Speed Train Project to Eskişehir was completed in 2009. The train runs at about 250 km/h. I took the train to Istanbul. It was beautiful trip, with excellent comfortable seats and great lunch in dining car at great price. The scenery on the way was fantastic. It passes through many very steep gorges that are just out of this world.
The landscape is passing fast at 250 km/h.
At Hyderpaşa railway stationin Asian Istanbul, which is the last stop forthis Ankara to Istanbul train.
Hyderpaşa Google Location
Hyderpaşa railway station building.
I took a very short ferry ride from the railway station to the other side of the small bay and another fast going ferry from there to the European side of the main Istanbul city at ferry station called Beşiktaş.
The feery dropped at Beşiktaş. In the parking lot of the Beşiktaş ferry and bus stations to the side is Barbaros Hayreddin Paşa's (1478-1546) statue. More on Hayreddin Paşa at Wekipedia
Google Location of Beşiktaş
To one side of the Hayreddin Paşa is a small mosque.
From Beşiktaş I took a bus to the Istanbul Technical University (İTÜ) where I was to be staying. Total travel time from the Hyderpaşa railway station to the university was about three hours. The bus is just departing from Beşiktaş; the picture is taken from the back windshield of the bus as I hold on dearly to several pieces of languages while bus takes off like a race car.
Google Location of İTÜ
This is İTÜ's main library. You can see two dogs sleeping. Most dogs in Turkey sleep during day, so they can guard their owner's property during night.
This photo was taken standing on the İstinye Bayırı Cad. overpass at the intersection of Büyükdere Cad. near the İTÜ.
May 19 and that week is major national holiday as tribute the beginning of national liberation movement initiated in 1919 by Atatürk's landing in Samsun. Many buildings dispaly large Turkish flag during such holidays.
Near Taksim Square in Istanbul. The famous touristic tram of İstiklal Cad. is a little bit West from here.
A beautiful church off İstiklal Cad. in Istanbul
Beautiful tiles in one of the Merto (subway) stations in Istanbul.
More tiles in one of the Istanbul Merto (subway) stations.
This very incline Istanbul Merto (subway) is 0.6 km long it connects the Taksim Metro station with the Kabataş Seabus. It opened in 2006.
The oldest underground urban rail line in Istanbul is the Tünel, which entered service on January 17, 1875. It is the world's second-oldest subterranean urban rail line after the London Underground (1863), and the first subterranean urban rail line in continental Europe; though the first full subway line with multiple underground stations in continental Europe was Line 1 of the Budapest Metro (1896).
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