September 8, 2012
On Saturday we ventured out and went to Princes'
Islands. You have to get to Pendik train station via taxi and then
take the train to Bostanci. We didn't have a schedule for the ferries
so when we got there we had missed the first one by thirty minutes. The
next wasn't for another two and a half hours so we wandered along the
water and people watched. There is a wonderful wide path for walking and running and a bike path that runs along the water. There are children's parks and even an area with exercise equipment that was really nice. You can also eat at one of the restaurants or sit on a bench or under a tree and watch the boats go by.
|My beautiful mom, Linda, in Bostanci. Buykada is on the left and Heybeliada is the island on the right.|
|The port of Bostanci where you catch the ferry. |
After a couple hours we took the ferry over to Buyukada and wandered around the
shops. We stopped for some Lokma and gelato. Lokma are crispy donut
holes dipped in a honey syrup and sprinkled with cinnamon. When they
are hot, they are a deliciously sinful treat. After our treat we noticed a street fair
along the water with different booths selling souvenirs so we strolled
up and down searching for treasures. Overall it was a good day, but
very long and tiresome because of walking up and down hills and
traveling back and forth. We did bring home the biggest peaches I have ever seen and some other fruits and veggies from a local market.
|Kelly and the Giant Peach....holy cow it is just a little smaller than a softball! The apple is regular sized and the tomato is a little bigger than a cherry tomato. |
|Back on the ferry to Buyukada|
The center of town: Buyukada
|A beautiful hotel|
|The phaetons waiting for customers on Buyukada|
|On the way back to Bostanci from the ferry boat. ||\|
More on our journey to come...
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