Life list: #116 Take a horse and carriage ride.
Taking a horse and carriage ride on the Princes’ Islands of Istanbul, Turkey.
I had plans to meet up again with Gulender and Murat, who I met a few weeks ago, the last time I was staying in Istanbul. I had no idea what they had in store for me for the day.
We started with breakfast at a place along the Bosphorus. We had tomatoes and cucumbers, honey and cream, olives and cheese, bread and cherry jam, and eggs with peppers and tomatoes. And, of course, a little Turkish coffee.
And then we hopped on a long boat ride to one of the Princes’ Islands.
The island itself doesn’t allow cars outside of emergency vehicles. So the only options were to walk, rent a bike, or take a horse and carriage. We opted for the two-horsepower option.
And then we walked up a hill to visit a cute little church and see some amazing views and drink some tea.
And then we took another horse and carriage ride back down the island.
We were all hungry again so we walked along the waterfront restaurants, bargained for a giant ugly fish and ate that and octopus and calamari and drank raki and some reddrink that tasted like pickle juice.
And then we took the chilly boat back, watching three boys outside our window being boys, watching devastating news of the earthquake that had hit Turkey that day…
“Take a horse and carriage ride” was number 116 on my bucket list, and something I unexpectedly crossed off that day.