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.
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.
The sun was shining, and we often just looked at each other and laughed at our luck.
Asia on one side, Europe on the other – and yet had never felt more centered. We were exactly where we needed to be…