05 July, 2010

Büyükada: an Istanbul oasis

An hour and a half by ferry from the epicenter of Istanbul, the largest island in the Prince's Islands, collectively known as the Adalar municipality, sees the arrival of crowded boats every ninety minutes. The crowds thin quickly leaving the dock and its knot of fish restaurants, as people disperse on rented bicycle and horse carriage into the island's quiet interior. 

On the Friday morning i took dad to Buyukada, the ferry was full enough, but carriage drivers were mostly idle. We walked a couple kilometers uphill to the famous Aya Yorghi monastery - which turned out to be one of the less interesting religious spots i've seen, but with the finest view of any. Istanbul sprawled along the far shoreline, while strips of cloth fluttered from nearby pines.