Istanbul without bikes

(English below)

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Istanbul ohne Fahrrad

Die Tage vom 1. bis zum 12. Mai verbrachten wir in Istanbul. Es würde wohl Monate, wenn nicht Jahre dauern, um diese Metropole in ihrer Vielseitigkeit gänzlich begreifen zu können. Dennoch ermöglichten uns die zwölf Tage einen umfassenden Eindruck Istanbuls, insbesondere weil wir uns Zeit nahmen, auch weniger touristische Gebiete (z.B. Wohnquartiere auf der asiatischen Seite oder um die Chora-Kirche herum) kennen zu lernen.

Süleymaniye Mosque

Süleymaniye Mosque

Spice Bazaar

Spice Bazaar

Copper coffee pots

Copper coffee pots

Fisherman at the Bosphorus

Fisherman at the Bosphorus

Carpet anyone?

Carpet anyone?

Not exactly the biggest boat on the river

Not exactly the biggest boat on the river

Building with Roman, Islamic and Jewish construction year

Building with Roman, Islamic and Jewish construction year

View of the Blue Mosque from Hagia Sofia

View of the Blue Mosque from Hagia Sofia

Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque

View over Istanbul from the rooftop

View over Istanbul from the rooftop

Atatürk - a national hero (you can't escape his presence)

Atatürk – a national hero

Das Schönste an unseren Tagen in Istanbul war das Wiedersehen mit Cristina (3. bis 6. Mai) sowie meiner Schwester Sara und meinen Eltern (8. bis 12. Mai). Alle verwöhnten sie uns so sehr und ich war überglücklich, sie Teil unserer unvergesslichen Reise werden zu lassen. Der jeweilige Abschied nach solch intensiven, gemeinsamen Tagen fiel mir entsprechend schwer und so war ich froh, Istanbul zur gleichen Zeit wie meine Familie zu verlassen und mich bald schon wieder voll und ganz auf unser Reiseabenteuer einzulassen.

Um dem Verkehrschaos Istanbuls zu entgehen, bestiegen wir am 12. Mai erst mal eine Fähre, die Istanbul nach und nach hinter uns verschwinden liess und uns quer über das Marmarameer nach Bandirma führte.

Istanbul without bikes

From the 1st until the 12th May, a little less than two weeks, we enjoyed a revitalising break in Istanbul.  Due to its sheer size and diversity, it would take months, if not years, of living there for one to even begin to think about saying they have any idea about how Istanbul really ticks.  All the same, 10 days allowed us enough time to form an impression, and to also explore a few parts of the town not usually visited by tourists.

For all of it’s alluring and mesmerising qualities, the two highlights of our time in Istanbul, were the visits of Cristina (May 3rd-6th) and a portion of the Grädel family (May 8th-12th).  Our visitors looked us after incredibly well, and we had a fantastic time enjoying the sights, smells, tastes and sounds of the city with them all.  From our perspective, it was especially memorable in the fact that they then inadvertently became a part of our larger adventure.

Dinner with Cristina on the rooftop

Dinner with Cristina on the rooftop

Sunset over Istanbul

Sunset over Istanbul

Basilica Cistern

Basilica Cistern

Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar

Packed in like well...sardines

Packed in like well…sardines

Rifle range with a view

Rifle range with a view

Çay time

Çay time

Carpets in the mosque

Carpets in the mosque

Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar

Istanbul from the rooftop

Istanbul from the rooftop

Approaching sunset on the Bosphorus

Approaching sunset on the Bosphorus

Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace

Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar

Galata Tower

Galata Tower

Chora Church

Chora Church

Looking over the Bosphorus towards Europe

Looking over the Bosphorus towards Europe

Saying goodbye (again) was difficult, knowing that the time until the next reunion would definitely be longer than the last.  In this respect, we were both glad that the departure of Nina’s family coincided with us also leaving Istanbul and the continuation of our journey.  In order to avoid the traffic chaos of Istanbul (bike riding on the bridge over the Bosphorus being exceptionally favourably documented in many a bike blog), and having decided that our route would for now continue in a southerly direction along the Aegean Sea, we boarded a ferry on Sunday (12th May) with the bikes at the Yenikapı Port on the European side of Istanbul and set sail across the Sea of Marmara towards Bandirma.

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