Friday, Nov. 15
The weather forecast was for a sunny day today, so we thought it would be a great day for a ferry trip on the Bosphorus Strait.
We took the tram down to the water, bought our round trip tickets, and waited for a few minutes for our ship to come in.
Here it is:
It was actually very comfy inside, although we didn't sit inside until the way back.
Here we are on the way up the Bosphorus:
There were some pretty impressive buildings:
Pretty houses all in a row:
After about 1 1/2 hours we were at the end of the strait. As we approached the small village of Anadolu Kavagi, we spotted this castle way up on the hill.
Pulling into Anadolu Kavagi:
We had a 3 hour "lay-over" before our return ferry, and decided that we would see the castle first. Did we climb up that big hill? Yes we did--sitting right in the back seat of a cute little yellow taxi! We decided to save our legs and pay for a cab, and we'd also beat most of the other tourists! It worked, because we had the place to ourselves for 10 minutes or so.
A view from the top, looking out at the mouth of the Bosphorus and into the Black Sea:
Yoros Castle, settled by the Phoenicians and the Greeks prior to the Byzantine period, most likely late 11th century.
We walked around the castle walls for about 1/2 hr and it was time to meet our taxi for the trip waaaay back down that hill.
He let us off at the beginning of the village, and we walked through the narrow little streets back to the waterfront. By now we were ready for lunch, and chose a waterfront restaurant with outdoor seating.
We each ordered the fish combo lunch, which started with a nice large salad plate to share. The vegies were fresh and delicious, but it needed a little dressing:
Next came our fried mussels. We both really love mussels, but didn't care for them deep fried:
Our fish was next--served whole, head, eyeballs and all:
We had a visitor during lunch, actually more than one! This little fellow was pretty persistent:
After our lunch we roamed the streets some more, enjoying the pretty scenes:
Soon it was time to board our ferry for the 1 1/2 hour return trip. After our hectic pace the past few days, it was really nice to relax and watch the world go by. I might have even snoozed a bit!
Beautiful sunset pulling into Istanbul:
We took the tram back to our area, and on the way back to our apartment we made a couple of stops for dinner supplies--it's a dinner "in" night tonight!
We had stuffed baked tomatoes, which were just OK, not quite as tasty as they look:
We cooked up the manta (Turkish Ravioli) that we bought at lunch yesterday, and served it with pasta sauce and yogurt. It was really good:
It was yet another early to bed night for us--we have our alarm set for 3:50 am tomorrow--we have a 7 a.m. flight to Izmir to visit the ancient ruins of Ephesus. It will be a long day, but I'm sure it will be worth it!
PS: I didn't really eat that fish eyeball! Gotcha, Bren!