Princes' Isles

Steven Dutch, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
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Kinali Ada

Princes' Isles The Princes' Isles, or simply Adalar ("islands" in Turkish) are a group of islands in the Sea of Marmara. They are a popular day trip destination.

Kinali Ada is the northernmost of the islands

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Princes' Isles This church is said to have been built in 842, but the restoration has been so thorough that most of the old masonry is covered.
Princes' Isles Left: Harbor at Kinali Ada

Below: views of the island

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On the Ferry

Princes' Isles Meybeli Ada is the third of the four islands
Princes' Isles Looking past Meybeli Ada to Buyuk Ada, the southernmost and largest island.
Princes' Isles Looking astern toward Kinali Ada

Buyuk Ada (Big Island)

Buyuk Ada simply means "Big Island" in Turkish 
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Princes' Isles Street scenes on Buyuk Ada. There are no cars, just horse-drawn carriages.
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Princes' Isles Sunset views. Just before sunset, without a sound, everybody came out on the streets for an evening stroll. One moment the streets were nearly empty, the next they were thronged.
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I have one memory of this trip that has stayed with me. It was well after dark when the ferry got back to Istanbul. Sitting across from me was a couple in their thirties. The man was stocky and working class, the woman had a homely but kind face. In between them was a little boy about six years old, dozing off but still clutching a balloon from the day's adventure. They weren't rich but they looked happy. You could tell they loved each other.


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Created 19 December 2003, Last Update 01 July 2012

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