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Live FAST Tour: Blissed Out On The Bosphorus

Part 1 of our Eastern European adventures with the babes of Live FAST Mag

February 10,2016


We visited the neighborhood of Yenikoy one day in search of photo-ops amidst the elaborate and colorful Ottoman Era architecture, and instead found ourselves sailing out on the Bosphorus straight guided by local fishermen, sunning ourselves on their boat and dipping our toes in the waters separating two continents.

Yenikoy means “new village” in Turkish. It is home to some of Istanbul’s more posh residents, and we were wooed by the idea of observing some of the city’s elite in their natural habitat in much the same way that visitors flock to Rodeo Dr. for a photo-op outside the windows of Cartier. Thanks to our local friend Tules though, who quickly redirected our attention to the real source of the neighborhood’s charm: the adjacent Bosphorus strait, a stretch of glistening blue water and seemingly limitless possibility for sun, fun and amazing views.

 

While you do find cruise ships and yachts out on the water, Tuleste knew exactly which vessel to charter. We parked near her grandparent’s house in Yenikoy and took a short walk to the fishermen’s pier. With some friendly pleading and a $10 bribe, we were granted permission aboard a small but beautiful boat.

This was not your ordinary day out at sea. With the fisherman’s expertise at the helm, our boat glided. The sun was shining, and we often just looked at each other and laughed at our luck. It was not lost on me either that this might be the first time I’d been in two places at once – Asia on one side, Europe on the other – and yet had never felt more centered. We were exactly where we needed to be in the moment.

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The sun was shining, and we often just looked at each other and laughed at our luck.

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Asia on one side, Europe on the other – and yet had never felt more centered. We were exactly where we needed to be…

Vivianne Lapointe

 

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Photography: Laura Austin & Ali Mitton

Words: Vivianne Lapointe, editor at Live FAST Magazine

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