Over the weekend, I went on a Bosphorus dinner cruise with traditional Turkish music and dancing – hoping it would be as enjoyable as the Vltava River cruise in Prague. It was completely different from what I imagined but still fun!
I sat at a table with three lively women travelers in their 30s. One was an Australian now living in England and the other two were friends from California’s Santa Cruz. They were well-traveled with interesting lives and lots of fun! The other cruise members were placid Turkish families with children under ten.
We enjoyed chatting and dancing and it was fun hanging out for the evening. They were on 2 – 3 week trips and unlike me, spending only a few days in Istanbul. It was a rainy evening so taking photos outside the boat was difficult, but I managed a few interesting shots and got wet again….
When the weather clears, my plan is to spend time riding day and night Bosphorous ferries to explore the Princes’ Islands and admire Istanbul from the water. I booked a Hodjapasha dervish performance this weekend and am looking forward to it! The dancers perform in the circular of a 550-year-old converted Hamam – Turkish Bath.