Using our Rick Steves guide book, we kept ourselves entertained as we passed large mosques, palaces, Eur-Asian bridges, mansions, fishing vessels of all sizes, military academies, ancient fortresses and the like. And many Turkish flags flapping in the breeze.
It took us 1.5 hours to get to the end at Anadolu Kavagi where we immediately stretched our legs on the 20 minute hike up to the old fortress to get some great views of the Black Sea.
There were interesting makeshift “parks” and paths up to the fortress as locals have begun to vie for the tourist traffic. The town lies in wait for the boat and then everything kicks into high gear. There's a small Turkish naval observation base there so we had to aware of their signage. We walked past the housing barracks where some young boys were out on their playground goofing off together. As we walked back down into the village, it sure was interesting to see so many vendors and the restauranteurs out in force.
I really enjoyed the nice views of Historic Istanbul’s skyline at sunset as we returned.
A shot of the boat we were on:
Once across the bridge, we hiked up to the Galata Tower - seriously these are major hills!!! And then to the New District - Istiklal Caddesi, the bustling, hip part of town with shops and restaurants. If we had to compare it to another city we’ve been to, it’s probably most like Madrid in its grittiness but so different in its own way.
We enjoyed a nice dinner outside under heaters – Ryan had a nice gurmet steak and I had chicken fajitas. There were all sorts of local fare on the menu but when I saw the fajitas I just had to have them! Here's Ryan with another fried potato snack. They spiral cut the potato, stuck it on a stick spread out and dropped it in the fryer.