Hope You are having a great Thursday!
In Turkey today we celebrate the International Children's Day! Having a day off from work and studies - I have found finally some time to finish my first story for you.
I have decided to dedicate my first post to the part of Istanbul which - altough very popular among the Turks - is not the one from the first pages of the foreign city guides.
|On the way to the Islands|
|Typical house of Buyukada|
The history of the name of the Adalar - Princess Islands - begins in the Byzantine Empire times when princes and some other royalities were exciled in there. Later on, in the Ottoman times, they used the Islands for the same purposes. Luckily nowadays, we can use it to admire its beauty and escape to the nature from the noise and crowd of Istanbul.
On the highest point of Buyukada there is a greek church of Saint George (Agia Yorgi). It is really tiny but said to be very common destination for pilgrims around the world due to miracles occuring there. The only way to reach it is to leave the bike and all the heavy luggage we may have with us and climb up! It takes around 20 minutes but it is totally worth it! The panoramic view is absolutely stunning! On the way you will notice lots of colourful papers tangled around branches of the trees - turkish people leave them to bring them luck! There is a little cafe next to church were you can enjoy wine or turkish tea and admire the beauty of nature around us!
|Agia Yorgi Church|
|View from the hill|
|View of other Islands from the top of Buyukada|
And some practical tips - the cheapest way to go to Princess Islands - use the public ferrys that leave every hour from the ports of Kabatas (European Side) and Kadikoy (Asian Side). To use the public transport in Istanbul you need to buy special card (you can buy it in every kiosque for 7 TL, it is called Akbil). Later on you should upload it either using special machines or in the same kiosque. Going and coming to Islands will cost you around 4 TL (around 1 euro). So little and the adventure is priceless!
Hope some of you will get to see the Princess Island and enrich the experience I got with some new stories.
Have a great evening!