Princes' IslandsA lovely and kind co-worker at my new school invited me to join an expat group that she and a friend started - Travel Junkies. This lovely and lively group of people from all nations and all walks of life join hearts and minds on occasion to travel to different sites far and wide and generally related to the Istanbul area.
This particular day trip would be a ferry ride over to the largest of the Princes' Islands...Buyukada. These islands have been the summer dwelling place of royalty and wealth for centuries. At the top of Buyakada is a Greek monastery, St. George, of which there are many legends. More on these in a bit. The islands are a welcome respite from the frenzy of the city, and the cool breezes that slide in from the Sea of Marmara calm the soul and soothe the weary body.
Motor vehicles (with the exception of law enforcement & utility workers) are forbidden, and transportation slows to the pace of horse drawn carts, donkey rides, bicycles, and the wonderful modality of leg and foot.
The drivers scoot their buggies up the hill quickly... like Istanbul... people here seem to have a sense when to get out of the way and when it is ok to to leisurely stroll across the middle of the street.
One White Beast resting