My roommate Dilek recommended that Brooke and I visit Anadolu Kavağı for it’s beauty, food, and exploration of Yoros Castle. I’ve visited a few great places around Istanbul and this might be my new favorite place to escape the busy city of Istanbul! We hoped off the ferry around 12:30 and headed for seafood at a restaurant with a patio next to the water. The different types of fish were on a display tray and I decided on the Bonito fish- caught in the Bosphorus. It was very tender with a few spices; I definitely want to start buying fish to cook at home.
After lunch, Brooke and I hiked up the hill, led by signs labeled “Kalesi”. Since tourism is a major industry of this town, we were walking up the stairs through cafes and restaurants most of the way. When we were close to the castle, we did see a guy blowing glass in a stand next to the path and I had to buy his beautiful evil eye earrings. The evil eye is prominent in Turkish culture and I decided I need these earrings to protect me because every day at least one Kindergartener sends negative vibes my way.
The view from the castle was absolutely amazing. And I just kept thinking about how many cultures had occupied the fortress since it was built during the Byzantine empire. SO MANY people have stared/thought/dreamt/inhaled fresh air, right where I stood- very cool.