Adventures on an Island (or so we thought)
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Today was perhaps the most exciting and quite probably the most ridiculous day of our vacation. To escape the city madness of Istanbul, we went to one of the Princes' Islands, Heybeliada, a beloved resort for many Istanbullus. These are quiet, beautiful, mediterranean islands with somehow an abundance of cats.
Our trouble began right when we left. We arrived at the quay, but we soon understood we were at the wrong side of town! The quay was being rebuilt, so the ferry was docking miles away from our spot! There was nothing to do but to hail a cab and ask if he could bring us to the right quay as quickly as possible. It was a matter of minutes! And quickly he did; we made it just in time. I am still very grateful for the man.
Heybeliada proved to be a laidback, sunny island. We were almost out of money, but managed to rent mountainbikes to cycle the island. What a great idea that was! In the welcome shade of trees we rode along the rocky, hilly coastline and let the vast view of endless water refresh our spirits. And although we were some miles away from Istanbul, at noon we heard the prayers from the city reach the island, carried by the wind
In the middle of the island, there was an abandoned tower. We climbed the stairs (which were almost falling apart) to the top and had a great view over the island and the waters around it.
But here it comes:
We took the ferry back with our last Lira's. We understood that the boat would stop at one more island before docking at Istanbul, so when it stopped again we waited in the boat till it would leave for Istanbul. We had no more money and were afraid to get stranded on an island without any. They told us the boat would leave in two hours. After sitting in the boat alone for half an hour we began to wonder if we understood it correctly, and decided to take the chance to leave the boat and see the island we were supposed to be. It turned out we were on mainland all along! Hahahah, we just had to take the bus to get back to the hotel! Some well-earned beers ended the day.
The next day, the last day, we visited Suleymaniye Camii one last time and took a good stroll around the city to say goodbye. It was a trip filled with wonders beyond our imagination, as always.