Prince’s Islands

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From the Bosphorus, this is the Topkai Palace in center. The Blue Mosque is left and the Hagia Sophia to the far left.
From the Bosporus, this is the Topkai Palace in center. The Blue Mosque is left and the Hagia Sophia to the far left.

Just a ferry ride away from bustling Istanbul are the Prince’s Islands–a busy spot for those seeking refuge from the heat and bustle of the city. I had a rare day off today, so found my way there. Because I must use public transportation and I’m a poor teacher, I spent longer getting there and back than I did on the island, but it was still a nice day.

The Ferry at Kabatas, and easy way to get to the four largest of the Prince's Islands.  The Islands get their name from a former palace, built by Roman Emperor Justin II in 569, known as Prinkipo (island of the prince). They were are famous place of exile during the Byzantine era.
The Ferry at Kabatas, and easy way to get to the four largest of the Prince’s Islands.
The Islands get their name from a former palace, built by Roman Emperor Justin II in 569, known as Prinkipo (island of the prince). They were are famous place of exile during the Byzantine era.
Inside the ferry--it's dated, but clean and comfortable. The ferry stops at four of the nine islands and then reverses course for the return. It's an unnecessarily long journey if you want to go to the largest island, like I did. There are faster ways, but none as inexpensive.
Inside the ferry–it’s dated, but clean and comfortable. The ferry stops at four of the nine islands and then reverses course for the return. It’s an unnecessarily long journey if you want to go to the largest island, like I did. There are faster ways, but none as inexpensive.
This is the Haydarpasa train station on the Asian side of Istanbul. You can take trains to central Turkey. Someday....
This is the Haydarpasa train station on the Asian side of Istanbul. You can take trains to central Turkey. Someday….
A man carrying simit. The price of bread is very cheap and I know this item usually costs 1 Turkish Lira. When I asked the price, he told me two Lira. I responded in Turkish, "No. One lira." (Hayır. Bir tane lira) He smiled and said, "Yes. One lira."
A man carrying simit. The price of bread is very cheap and I know this item usually costs 1 Turkish Lira. When I asked the price, he told me two Lira. I responded in Turkish, “No. One lira.” (Hayır. Bir lira) He smiled and said, “Yes. One lira.”
Here's the ferry pulling into Buyukada. Among the ex-pats who called this island home, Leon Trotsky.
Here’s the ferry pulling into Buyukada. Among the ex-pats who called this island home, Leon Trotsky.
I've mentioned the "squatty potty" before, but don't think I've included a photo. Not much, huh? Notice no toilet paper, just a faucet to wash with. No flush either. You fill the green bucket with water and rinse when you are done.
I’ve mentioned the “squatty potty” before, but don’t think I’ve included a photo. Not much, huh? Notice no toilet paper, just a faucet to wash with. No flush either. You fill the green bucket with water and rinse when you are done.
The ferry port. I could use the same card I used on metro buses and trams to get here.
The ferry port. I could use the same card I used on metro buses and trams to get here.
The town square.
The town square.
Only horses allowed on the island--no cars. But there were bicycles and electric scooters and golf carts.
Only horses allowed on the island–no cars. But there were bicycles and electric scooters and golf carts.
Many of the rich from Istanbul have summer homes on one of the Prince's Islands. This must be their private yachts.
Many of the rich from Istanbul have summer homes on one of the Prince’s Islands. This must be their private yachts.
Some of the homes needed some attention. Constant sun is hard on a paint job.
Some of the homes needed some attention. Constant sun is hard on a paint job.
Flowers everywhere.
Flowers everywhere.
Wish this house had been open to tour--interesting art, mostly blown glass.
Wish this house had been open to tour–interesting art, mostly blown glass.
It's a picturesque little town, but a bit touristy for me.
It’s a picturesque little town, but a bit touristy for me.
The mosque is in the center of the island (ada) on the top of the highest hill. I got my exercise!
The mosque is in the center of the island (ada) on the top of the highest hill. I got my exercise!
Bicycles for rent everywhere and lots of dondurma (ice cream). The islands are known for our pine trees.
Bicycles for rent everywhere and lots of dondurma (ice cream). The islands are known for our pine trees.
There are some very fancy hotels on the big island, Büyükada (Büyük means big). This is one of 9 islands all called the Prince's Islands.
There are some very fancy hotels on the big island, Büyükada (Büyük means big). This is one of 9 islands all called the Prince’s Islands.
It was a perfect summer day--sunny, with a slight breeze and the temps were below 80's.
It was a perfect summer day–sunny, with a slight breeze and the temps were below 80’s.
Did I mention that pedestrians do NOT have the right of way in Turkey? Walkers must get out of the way for all traffic, even horses.
Did I mention that pedestrians do NOT have the right of way in Turkey? Walkers must get out of the way for all traffic, even horses.
The man is carrying simit (pronounced see MIT) also called a Turkish bagel. It's a cheap snack item here. You see them sold everywhere, but I've not seen anyone carry them on their head.
The man is carrying simit (pronounced see MIT) also called a Turkish bagel. It’s a cheap snack item here. You see them sold everywhere, but I’ve not seen anyone carry them on their head.

 

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Beth

I'm a professional vagabond. I quit my cubical job in January 2014. Since then, I've hiked the Appalachian Trail, The Camino, and taught English in Vietnam, Turkey, Russia, Spain and Mexico. I'm exploring the world.

4 thoughts on “Prince’s Islands”

    1. I always have tissues in my purse, just for these squatty moments. LOL
      So far, the beaches I’ve seen in Istanbul are rocky, but the beaches on the Islands looked sandy.

  1. Ah, yes, squatty potties. I am usually very grateful I am a man when I have go number one, not so much when I have to go… you know. If you have a bad back (or knees) they are terribly uncomfortable, but they do say squatting is better for your lower GI and colon

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