A Ferry-tale Day

22 Aug

Last week we had a new adventure.  The kids and I were on a multi-city road trip en route to meeting Kevin in Istanbul.  Rather than driving the last bit of the trip into the city and risk getting stuck in traffic (bad on a normal day, but factor in bridge closures combined with the impeding holiday weekend and it could be disastrous*), we decided to take a car ferry across the Sea of Marmara.

The Sea of Marmara, you ask? Yes. There is an inland sea connecting the Aegean and the Black Seas. The straights into and out of the Sea of Marmara from west to east are the Dardenelles (of Gallipoli infamy) and the Bosporus.

Anyway, geography aside, it was the first time any of us had been on a car ferry and we loved it. After watching the departure from Yalova, we found our seats and the kids started playing.  As the would-be driver, I cannot stress how awesome this was.  Comfy seats, yummy cafe, great views, content kids… I might flood all roads just so I could ferry about. 

And arguably the best part of the whole trip was the arrival in Istanbul.  Istanbul is a city, much like New York, that is surrounded by water.  So to arrive by water with Aya Sofia, the Blue Mosque, and Topkapi Palace greeting us seemed particularly fitting.  We loved it!  Too bad the ferry was booked on the way home…

*The drive home in the insane traffic took 9 hours! About twice as long as normal.  Apparently, after a month of fasting, Muslims are ready for a gluttonous vacation. So, DO NOT leave Istanbul (or any other city with tens of millions of Muslims) by car on Şeker Bayram!  Or by plane actually, our friends’ first flight was canceled and the replacement flight was delayed 10 hours.  Leave early or stay home!


2 Responses to “A Ferry-tale Day”

  1. turkischland August 23, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    Reblogged this on turkischland.

  2. Amy August 25, 2012 at 2:44 am #

    I love that we have been to Istanbul and can picture you there and have taken a Bosphorus cruise so can share your vision of arriving back to port in Istanbul!

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