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Gravesend, United Kingdom
July 8, 2011
From journal Turkish delight 2
by Liam Hetherington
Manchester, United Kingdom
October 27, 2009
From journal Holy of Holies
North Charleston, South Carolina
September 15, 2007
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August 28, 2007
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From journal Istanbul, Turkey: West and East
March 7, 2005
From journal Istanbul, Where Europe and Asia embrace
February 1, 2004
In the weekend it will leave at 11.20 and will make the following stops:
Along the way, you will first notice the legendary girl's tower. There are countless stories about why this tower was built in the middle of the sea. It is used as a luxury restaurant today. A dinner here can set you back by 60$ per person. Customers are mainly business class of Istanbul.
You will see the houses of rich and famous Turks along the way, houses where a month’s rent is around 5000$. Dolmabahce sarayi is on the seaside, a place which was used after Topkapi. Just near that is another palace: Ciragan Sarayi, a luxury hotel today.
Kanlica, on the Anatolian side, is famous for its yogurt, preferably eaten with some sugar on it. If you are lucky this delicacy will be sold on the boat shortly after it leaves this stop.
You will be going under the bridges of Bosphorus; the fact that you are now between Europe and Asia will be at the back of your mind.
When you step out of the boat, you will be surprised with Anadolu kavagi, which feels like a fishing village more than a district of Istanbul. The boat will stop here for lunch. If you have brought you sandwiches, like I did, you will have a meal watching the black sea.
All through the voyage, views are great. Tea, coffee and other beverages are sold on the ship. I suggest you bring your simit with you (A round bread covered with sesame). I always bring more 'Simit' than I need, the rest to throw to the seagulls, which make acrobatic moves to catch it.
From journal Istanbul in 3 days
July 25, 2003
On the ride back, we caught a sunset on the Bosphorus - gorgeous. Some Spanish musicians were playing guitar on board, adding to the atmosphere. I have no idea if that''s typical.
Where to Pick Up Ferry
Emimonu - north of the Spice Market. On the Golden Horn between Galata Bridge and Sirkeci Station. Proceed to Dock 2.
You want to make sure you get the municipal ferry up the Bosphorus, because it''s fairly inexpensive and goes to all the same places as the private tour boats. You can buy tickets right at the docks.
Halfway up, yogurt vendors board and sell the delicious local yogurt. Other snacks and drinks are sold on board. The fishing village at the last stop is famous for its fish dishes.
Anadolu Kavagi - Ruins Exploration
The final stop is a small fishing village (Anadolu Kavagi) where you have fish and ice cream, or walk up to an abandoned fifth-century castle on the hill. The fish here was very fresh, but not very well-prepared. The highlight of the final stop was climbing to the abandoned castle. It''s quite a pastoral scene up there, with the ruined castle, the hills, and the deep turquoise-blue of the Bosphorus. We were lucky enough to witness a wedding couple having their pictures done.
From journal Istanbul in June
September 15, 2002
From journal A Summer in Istanbul