I have been told to not slack off from blogging these last few days in Istanbul – so here you go, for what it’s worth.
Our lovely trip to Turkey is coming to a close soon. I really am excited to get home to Dale, my sisters, my brothers, my ma and pa – but we’re still having a wonderful time and there’s only a few more days left in Istanbul, so I plan to make the most of it.
One of the things the guide books say is a “must do” when visiting Istanbul is a ferry trip to the Princes’ Islands. They are the only islands around the city
So, we got on the ferry, to make our way through the Bosphorous Strait.
Wes is doing his best Leonardo diCaprio “I’m King of the World!” impression. Aside from the minor detail that we hadn’t left the dock yet, it’s not too bad 🙂
The Bosphorous Strait forms the boundary between Europe and Asia, separating Istanbul into two continents. We headed toward the Sea of Marmara, where the islands are located. It takes an hour or so by ferry to get to there.
The Asian side of Istanbul in the background
I’m trying to fix my hair before Jessie snaps my photo…
Okay – now it’s their turn
No motorized vehicles are allowed on the islands – everyone gets around by walking, bicycling, or horse-and-carriage. Yes, horse-and-carriage! So, naturally, Wes, Jess, and I participated in the horse and carriage tour. Bethany would have been mortified – playing tourist like that!
But it was a fun way to get a glimpse of the island that we visited – the Princes’ Islands are the playground/weekend/summer escape for “rich” Istanbullians. Lots of beautiful summer homes everywhere we looked.
It was soooooo hot that we pretty much sat in the shade, ate a nice lunch, and did a (very little) bit of walking around before the return trip home.
The heat sort of zaps any energy! We felt like we had done a hard day’s work when it was over!
Wes and Jess ♥
Time for some ice cream and bed. It’s a rough life but someone’s gotta do it. Until next time, always remember: “Cok guzelsiniz.” (You are very beautiful!)