Istanbul-Princess Islands

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by the venturer, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. the venturer

    the venturer Long timer

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    My lovely hometown!A dream City!I miss you so much.Every time I visit you,I feel myself much more stranger in you....And so goes on my sentences in me that I can't reveal.It has changed so much;everything,every corner.Getting more cosmopolitan day by day leaving back no more traces from my childhood.And, I want that Istanbul that I had once had.
    Last spring I visited the Princess Islands and the last time I visited the islands was about 20 years ago.Admittedly,these islands are still the only places that have changed the least.
    Let's go on with the pics.I hope you ll enjoy them.
    For more information on the islands,visit here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_Islands
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    These shots above are from the European side of the city named as Sultanahmet and Eminönü.Two famous mosques:The Blue Mosque and St.Hagia Sophia behind the ferryboat.
    And now with the Asian side:
    A very famous building in this part:Haydarpaşa Central Train Station.
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    Just above,in the background,Çamlica Peak.İstanbul's one of the highest points serving as broadcast station.
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    Haydarpaşa Military Base and the port.
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    As soon as the ferry arrived on the first island,I noticed a gull waiting for us...Just on time.Seems very serious.His father should be an eagle,I bet.
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    Look who is it waiting for!!!
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    In ten seconds the port is full of cats and gulls around this lady.She was feeding them.Gulls and cats sharing the food.
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    Naval High School
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    One must have tried hard to do these ornaments.
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    Never in my life have I seen a mosque like this.An Apartment Mosque,not in its usual architecture.
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    Horsecarts are the only means of transportation.No moto vehicles are allowed on the island.Not even bikes or scooters.
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    Houses,mansions let's say,are stunning.
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    Horseman,riding too fast.A vibey shot.Sorry for that.
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    More will come soon.
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    Nice....but I didn't see a single bike!
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    No bikes allowed.I mentioned that above.:deal Aren't you fed up with bikes and exhausts?Pics from a different part of the world dont interest you as much as bikes?:eek1
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  7. GB

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    I was on Princess island about 20 years ago and I do recall there were no motorized vehicles allowed. I'm surprised it's still that way to day! :thumb Thanks for the pics and the memories.

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  8. the venturer

    the venturer Long timer

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    Nothing has changed since you last saw the Isles.More pics on the way to make you remember those days more clearly.Stay tuned...
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    Sorry, missed that bit way down in the post.
    Love pics from around the world, but didn't realise about the no motor vehicles bit. It is a bike forum after all.
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    C'mon,dont take it too serious.Just kidding.
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    Here we go with the second part.....
    Some houses dated back to Victorian Era but still look like new.
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    The rest below were taken while climbing up ''the road to perdition''.This pseudonym matches the road.
    You should think about your wishes while you climb up the road.
    You shouldn't talk to anyone while you are on the road climbing up,otherwise your dreams wouldn't come true.People say so...:huh
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    ''Hristos''A very large wooden building served the minority as an orphanage.Islanders claim it as the worlds largest wooden building but it's in decay today.I didn't have a chance to see it in close shot as it's at the top of a mountain.Almost impossible to get there on bike and carts don't go there.
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    Reaching the Ayia Yorgi Monastery.Inside, lies a history and treasure but no cameras allowed inside unfortunately.A monk followed me all the time as if I were a suspect.Damn...
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    What a panorama:eek1
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    On the way back...
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    Too tired to take any more photos.
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    Well,this is the end of the trip.
    Sorry not an RR.
    I hope you have liked it.
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    Certainly is a nice place.:D
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    jafar Been here awhile

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    :freaky Any more ??:clap
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  15. Toukakoukan

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    Some of that looks familiar! ;)
    I'm in Istanbul at the moment (heading out on Wednesday), I didn't get to see the islands though!

    Thanks for showing me what I missed :D
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    Gorgeous. One of those slices of a personal paradise
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    the venturer Long timer

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    You should and COULD have done some more sightseeing tours in Istanbul.
    Too late,I suppose.Maybe next time...
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    The world is a paradise and it's everybody's,not only mine.
    Thx for the reply.
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  20. E-man

    E-man 4-4-09, 12-6-09, 1-13-10

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    Thanks for sharing your pics.
    looks like a beautiful place
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