Having decided to take a break from routine work and diversify my life a bit, I bought a ticket to Turkey. I was expecting a trip to the Sea of Marmara with a visit to Istanbul, the Princes' Islands and the thermal springs of Bursa. In general, a chocolate tan was provided to me.
Getting off the ramp at the airport. Ataturk, I plunged into the amazing atmosphere of Turkey. Listening to the stories of tourists who visited this country, I never thought that I would like it here from the first minute of my stay. Very kind and helpful locals showed me how to get to the metro station, which took me directly to the airport to Istanbul.
I located in the wonderful Darkhill Hotel, which is located near the historic city center. After relaxing and having breakfast in a cozy restaurant on the roof of the
hotel, from where, by the way, a gorgeous view of the city and the Sea of Marmara opens, I decided to explore local attractions and visit the beach.
I started the inspection from the Blue Mosque, the look of which is amazement and delight. I also visited St. Sophia Cathedral - the most significant building in the city, the Topkapi Palace, as well as the Suleyman Mosque, towering above the Sea of Marmara.
The beach that I chose was located in the area of Fenerbahce Bay. A shallow and warm sea, a view of the Princes' Islands and ships seeking to pass through the Bosphorus, led me into a state of euphoria. Enjoying the rays of the warm sun and fresh sea air, I wanted to visit the islands.
The journey to the Princes' Islands took me about 30 minutes. All the way I was surrounded by the calm Sea of Marmara. Turkey, or rather, its northwestern part, is washed by its waters, which are the natural border between Europe and Asia.
The journey around the islands began with a visit to the island of Kynylyada, then there were Burgazadas, and finally I got to Buyukad. This island is the largest in the archipelago. Having a rest from the bustle of Istanbul and combining the inspection of the islands with a walk on a chaise (in a cart drawn by two horses), I returned to the city late in the evening.
Knowing that the Sea of Marmara is a region famous for its thermal springs,
I decided to visit Bursa and try out their healing effects. Relaxing in the hot thermal waters,
I went to explore the local sights. The most famous mosque of Bursa Ulu Jami is a monument of pre-Ottoman architecture and has 20 domes. Her beauty can be admired endlessly.
A visit to the museum of Turkish and Islamic art, as well as a walk through the historical part of the city did not leave me indifferent. The final stage of the tour of Bursa was a visit to the local market, where I tried the most delicious sweets in Turkey. All the way back to Istanbul I was accompanied by a light sea breeze and a lot of pleasant impressions.
The warm Sea of Marmara, with ferry boat trips, sunny beaches and exploring the coastal cities, turned my vacation into an unforgettable adventure, which I now really want to repeat. What I will definitely do as soon as possible!