Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A walk along the Marmara Sea

Report from our Family visit to Turkey.
We are back North in Norway after a most wonderful stay with Ingelin, Metin Leander, Kaya and Zeynep. Big hugs and thanks to Zeynep that hosted us from July 3 to July 12.

We were welcomed back by an unexpected stormy Night with Thunderstorm and 1000 blitzes per hour. Luckely no power outages, so we could watch around 1000 photos together with Sölvi and the Cats. Great memories..

Where we stayed in Istanbul - Erenköy
When we stayed in Istanbul, we were guests in Metin Leander’s Grandmothers wonderful appartement in Erenköy district on the Asian part of Istanbul. This part of Istanbul used to be a resort area with large wooden-buildings and Gardens.
Istanbul - oginal house in Erenköy - Istanbul 
People went over here from the European side and stayed in these wonderful residences during the Summers. But after WW 2, when the Economy in Turkey was very bad, many houseowners could not afford to maintain these houses anylonger. Instead of letting the houses lapse, many owners started to build appartement houses in the late 50’ies and in the 60’es. Hence, this part of Istanbul is today a modern “green” part of megacity Istanbul (13 million people lives in the bigger Istanbul).

A Walk along the Marmara Sea - Dalyan Park
Marmara Beach Walk - 1
One afternoon, we decided to have a walk at the Beachfront, only some minutes walk away from the Appartement.
Marmara Beach Walk - Playground 
The whole beachfront is a Public Park, several kilometers long. We had a 2 hours walk. It is seperate lanes for bikers and walkers.
Marmara Beach Walk - Beach - Princess Islands 
Here you see a tiny Beach for Sunlickers and Swimmers. In the background are the Princess Islands.
Marmara Beach Walk - Windsurfers 
Windsurfing is popular. Princess Islands in background.
Marmara Beach Walk - Rent a Wind Surf 
Here you can rent a surf
Marmara Beach Walk - Fishing 
All along the Beachfront: Men Fishing
Marmara Beach Walk - Outdoor Gym for free
Here an outdoor Gym – for free
ML-First time in a Swing 
Metin Leander in a swing for the first time and Ingelin. Marmara Beach Walk - Playground and Kiosk
Playground for Kids and a Beach Kiosk
Marmara Beach Walk - Sugar Spin and Corn 
Sugarspin- and Cornstand. Anna and Ingelin were not interested.
Just before Sunset, we left the shores of Marmara Sea. What a wonderful recreational walk.

These photos may have given you a different picture of Istanbul, than you might have imagined this megacity.
More to come….
PS. Do not forget to look in here.

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Blogger A. said...

Oh how wonderful, and a beautiful baby! I am not long back from seeing our (first) grand child in the south of France - and I miss her already.

I was in Istanbul years ago and it looks very much different. A most beautiful city with a very rich history.

July 13, 2010 9:03 pm  
Blogger Expat Traveler said...

those photos are so beautiful and very different than I would have ever guessed. It feels a lot like Europe and a bit like North America in one...


July 14, 2010 2:58 am  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

It loooks like you had a splendid time, my dear Tor...Such a great trip...To be with your dear Grandson and daughter and Son-In-law and his family...LOVELY! I look forward to seeing more.

July 14, 2010 4:44 am  
Blogger Mar said...

I will steal Metin Leander (just kidding!), he is more than adorable!!
I have been in Istanbul only once and I was at the historical part of the city, near the Great Bazar, enjoyed your pictures, much different from what I saw.

July 14, 2010 8:57 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Beautiful photos of Turkey! I love it!

July 15, 2010 12:26 pm  
Blogger Puss-in-Boots said...

What a beautiful place Istanbul is...I love that house. I've heard of the Marmara Sea...and now I've seen it, thanks to you, Tor.

It sounds as if you and your family had a wonderful and Metin Leander is soooo cute!

July 15, 2010 10:51 pm  
Anonymous Maribeth said...

Wonderful. Metin Leander is so handsome!

July 16, 2010 2:22 pm  
Blogger lime said...

i just love that first picture, his grin, and how it is reflected in the table. of course now i also need a little person to push in a swing. :)

July 16, 2010 5:35 pm  
Anonymous claudie said...

Metin Leander est un beau petit garçon!!! Il te ressemble!!! Istanbul est une ville si grande! Que de découvertes à faire! La maison en bois est réellement très jolie! tu as vraiment du te régaler avec Anna dans ce lieu magique avec la famille en plus! Que du bonheur!

July 18, 2010 12:05 am  
Anonymous Lifecruiser Travel Blog said...

Those old houses with it's history must be a wonderful sight! Looks like you had a marvelous time - which we knew you would.

...and so is little gorgeous Metin Leander! Charmtroll!

July 18, 2010 3:38 pm  

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