On our third day in Istanbul, Andrea and I decided to take a trip out to Bueyuekada, the biggest of the Princes Islands. It was a rainy boat ride out from Istanbul, but the weather cleared up as soon as we got there. The feel of the island couldn't be more different than that of Istanbul.. there was no motorized traffic and the island had such a peaceful feel. Most of the streets were deserted and we were told this was because many of the wealthier people living in Istanbul have summer vacation homes on Bueyuekada that are still empty at this time of year.
Along our hike through the woods, we discovered a stray dog that followed us around the island for four hours.. so we named her Shadow. The island is such a great mix of little shops along the shore, beautiful mansions and gardens lining the streets, and stretches of lonely flower fields and forests. These are the last photos I'll post of Turkey, but if any of you are in Istanbul for week, this island is definitely worth seeing!