I’m now in America with my family! It’s great to be here and I’m stuffed with food, but I’ll tell you all about it later. I want to tell you about a few weekends ago when I went to Amasra. Nobody was around that weekend, or if they were, they were busy, so I decided to not sit around and do nothing, but go see a new place! Amasra is a little seaside town on the Black Sea, about 7 hours away from Istanbul. I went there by bus, which is a pretty comfortable way to travel in Turkey, although I think 7 hours is the maximum I can do it for.
I really can’t tell you how nice Amasra is. It was such a nice, peaceful, and sweet escape and I felt so comfortable being there alone. I think part of the reason I had so much fun is because I brought a great book with me (The Likeness, by Tana French. Go read it, and also Into the Woods) so I just sat in various places and read. My hotel was right on the sea so I woke up to a sunrise, and waves lapping. Normally I wake up to horns and construction!
Here’s a view from my hotel from the terrace at breakfast.
Here’s the sunrise in the morning, I guess I was a little sleepy because it’s kind of a crooked photo…
Some scenic pictures – not much to explain, sorry!
There was a sweet little market that sold beautiful looking produce. I couldn’t really buy anything because I didn’t know if it would get squished on the trip back to Istanbul, but I did buy these really cute eggplants:
I got a bag of them for like $1.50.
I wish I could have brought these home with me:
I sat inside a little glassed in porch (it was a little chilly, another refreshing change from Istanbul!) and saw the sunset.
There were so many places to sit and hang out:
Anyway, as you can see by all of the photos I posted, I really liked it there and I really recommend visiting there. You don’t need a lot of time, it’s very small, but it’s just a nice place to go and relax and not have an agenda. If you plan to stay in Istanbul for more than 1 week, or you have been to Istanbul before, I definitely think you should go to Amasra. Feel free to comment or message me if you have questions about it. Next post: Trabzon!
Esin, have you been to Amasra? If so, did you like it? If not, do you want to go? Do the pictures look like any place you have been in Turkey?