This is Istanbul. A city divided in two continents, in new and old, in tradition and modernism, in beauty girls and even more beautiful girls...
The energy that to one it transmit the transit around Taksim Square is unforgettable. The people, the trams, the taxies, the buses, the bycicles...Everybody moving at the same time.. Taskim marks the first (or final) station of the only line of Metro operating in Istanbul. Planes are there to extend the Metro network and the city is needing it very much. The population growth rate of the city overpassed half million a year a while ago. We have similar experiences in our countries in Latinamerica. The only way to stop the trend is to develop the country side. They, at the government, know. We know. Everybody knows.
Cruise Along the Bosporus 4
Colorful houses rise from the waterfront to greet you as you arrive at the final stop of the tour on the Asian side-- Anadolu Kavagi, a place of delicious fresh fish and an ancient hilltop castle overtaken by time and foliage, overlooking the meeting of the Bosporus and the Black Sea.
What would a trip to Istanbul be without buying some cherry juice from the vendors walking around the Hippodrome area in traditional costumes hauling big ornate vats on their backs? Sure the stuff is a complete rip-off, but what's a couple bucks when you've already come this far? Besides, these guys were really friendly and didn't bug us incessantly like so many other salespeople, merchants, and would-be tour guides did.
If you are in Istanbul in...
If you are in Istanbul in summer, make sure you take the boat ride on Bosphorus. Your journey will start in Eminonu, which is very close to Old Istanbul. You will stop at different towns on Bosphorus (you will have some time to explore them, well... at least to take some pictures!), and arrive to Anadolu Kavagi, which is situated on the northern part of Bosphorus. You will have time to have lunch at local restaurants (mainly sea food) and the boat will take you back to Eminonu. The whole trip takes about 5 hours. The schedule may change every year, so make sure you have the updated one. Have fun, and enjoy the beautiful Bosphorus.
I use to spend all my summer holidays in one of this islands and still my mother use to live in Heybeli.This islands are situated only 45 minutes far from the city with boat.
The Princes' Islands are a chain of nine islands off the coast of Istanbul in the Sea of Marmara. These islands are Büyükada (Greek: Prinkipo, meaning "Prince") with an area of 5.36 km², Heybeliada (Greek: Halki) with an area of 2.4 km², Burgazada (Greek: Antigoni) with an area of 1.5 km², Kýnalýada (Greek: Proti,meaning "The First", being the closest island to Istanbul) with an area of 1.3 km², Sedef Adasý (Greek: Terebinthos) with an area of 0.157 km², Yassýada (Greek: Plati) with an area of 0.05km², Sivriada (Greek: Okseia) with an area of 0.05km², Kaþýk Adasý (spoon island, named for its shape) with an area of 0.006 km², and Tavþan Adasý( greek:Leandros) with an area of 0.004 km².
As there is no traffic on the Islands, the only transport being horse and cart, they are incredibly peaceful compared with the city of Istanbul. They are just a short ferry ride from both the Asian (at Bostancý and also Kartal) and European sides (from Sirkeci/Eminönü, Kabataþ and Yenikapý) of Istanbul.
During the Byzantine period, princes and other royalty were exiled on the islands, and later members of the Ottoman sultans family were exiled there too, lending the islands their present name.