Cruising the Bosphorus

What a sweet way to travel

What a sweet way to travel

Sunday morning dawned bright and sunny and we knew it was a perfect day for a cruise on the Bosphorus. We ate at the hotel buffet and made it across the bridge by 9:15am. We were trying to get to the IDO boat docks by 9:30am. Even though the boat wasn’t scheduled to leave until 10:30, we had read that on nice days people start to queue up early for the best views and today was no different. About 50 people were already in line so we paid for our tickets (25 lire round trip) and managed to find great seats on the side of the boat looking out at the European side of the city as we departed. These seats proved to be an excellent choice. Palaces, embassies and a castle were on offer as we made the 90 minute trip down the Bosphorus to our docking point: Anadolu Kavagi, which is located on the Asian side of Istanbul. We enjoyed a nice walk up to castle ruins and then ate lunch seaside. On the menu…fresh fish, of course. We had prawns in butter and friend calamari and then concluded the meal with chicken shish kebabs. We were in the little fishing village for about 2 hours before the boat made the return trip back to Istanbul. It was an absolutely delightful way to see the city and catch a quick glimpse of life on the water in Turkey.