Loving Boating on the Bosphorus
Istanbul’s Bosphorus River separates the Asian side from the city's more frequently visited European side. It is tempting to limit your stay to the European side. But, getting out on the river is a must-do experience to fully enjoy Istanbul. You can simply go to the ferry docks and take a ride, hopping on whatever local ferry leaves next. Or, if you want to cross with purpose, choose a destination. We went to the Asian side for lunch, at Ciya, at one of a delightful group of three restaurants with outdoor tables in the heart of the Kadikoy food market. The owner and chef, Musa Dagdeviren serves a large assortment of delicious foods from multiple regions and ethnic groups across Turkey. His talents have been recognized by Western press including Food and Wine and Metropolitan Home, as well as AFAR Magazine. Ciya’s website describes the restaurants, menus, locations and background on the owner. www.ciya.com.tr. (You have to look a bit for the English button, which is at the bottom). A bonus is the fun of passing by the vendors in the colorful Kadikoy market.