I spent the afternoon on The Golden Horn, the body of water that stretches between Asia & Europe and provides access to The Black Sea. In ancient times, access was limited by a giant chain that stretched between the two lands, deterring undesirables from entering.
It became known as The Golden Horn when Zeus transformed his young pregnant lover Lo, into a white heifer to protect her from the wrath of his furious wife, Hera. Lo gave birth to daughter, Ceroessa on the banks of The Golden Horn, who was then reared into womanhood by water sprite, Semestra. Ceroessa hooked up with Poseidon, god of the seas, and had a baby boy, Byzas. He was raised by spring fairy, Bysias. Byzas became the founder of the Byzantium.
Who doesn’t love a story about gods, fairies, sprites & nymphs! And a little adultery for spice. Although the lands that edge The Golden Horn are no longer grassy hills perfect for grazing, they do show off some spectacular housing, perched precariously on its edge.