The Bosphorus is a slender waterway that connects the Mediterranean with the Black seas. It also a continental boundary, Europe being on the west coast, Asia on the east. Istanbul (née Constantinople), once the capital of the Ottoman empire, straddles this waterway, making it the only (to my knowledge) city to span two continents. The shore is lined with the distinctive Turkish villas that were often the townhomes of distinguished nineteenth century Pashas. The view here is of the Asian side shortly before sunset, in the January of 2010.