|Anyone feel for a simit?|
This was the first island the ferry stopped at.
The islands are everything that
This was the second island the ferry stopped at.
We got off the ferry for a few hours at Buyukada, the largest of the islands and
|Istanbul's Naval Academy above and below.|
|More of the floral head wreaths; they were a huge hit especially with the Asian tourists.|
|We saw these gorgeous bushes all over the island.|
|A monument to Turkey's beloved Kemal Ataturk; have seen so many photos, sculptures of him sincebeing in Turkey.|
|Another town, another just married couple!|
Sorry if I got carried away by including too many horse and buggy shots – I just couldn’t resist taking all these photos to show such a different way of life on the island.
|Never seen a mailbox like this before.|
| Leon Trotsky was exiled to one of these apartments on |
Loved seeing the snazzy wrought iron gates on some of the homes.
Certainly the most modern mosque we’ve seen yet; didn’t take the time to enter as we were on a mission to see the monastery. That was my lame attempt at a joke!
Yup, a horse and buggy parking lot for people wanting to hike up to the monastery.
The Monastery at long last.
The small monastery entrance. Women weren't required to wear head scarves here even though there were some to borrow .
Only able to take these photos of the monastery before the monk kindly pointed out the No Photo sign – oops.
Beautiful views of the sea from atop the monastery; it was so chilly to sit and relax, we just wanted to turn around and head back downhill right away. Plus the clouds were looking rather foreboding and we had a long hike back to the pier.
I dearly hoped the bride and groom weren’t go to walk all the way to the monastery as that was a long hike in comfy sandals, let alone fancy wedding shoes.
Felt like there was a bike race going on at times as guys would pedal up and down the hills at high speed. Thank goodness nobody was in their way.
|Think I was joking about the hills, did you!|
First time we’d seen a Domino’s Pizza since leaving home and it was in tiny Buyukada of all places!
|The Buyukada Pier.|