Jill and I arrived at Buyukada and and checked into our room.
It was about a 3 minute walk from the port and we have a wonderful view of the rooftops, the walking street below our balcony, and the Sea of Marmara.
We loved that they had set up the bed with red roses petals and made a very cute heart design on it.
They also had a complimentary bottle of wine and a fruit and cheese plate for us in our room when we arrived.
It was a perfect way to start our island getaway and “vacation” from our vacation.
We love Istanbul but there is so much construction going on that it is quite loud.
There are also lots of cars, and with lots of cars, you get lots of horns honking.
We both grew up in small towns and forget how wonderful peace and quiet is when we don’t have it for so long.
Well, Buyukada is about as peaceful and quiet as they come.
Why? Because cars are not allowed on the island.
It is all horse drawn carriages and a few electric vehicles.
It is wonderful because it is so quiet other than the click-clacking of hooves on stone roads.
They have paved some of the “main” roads (which are two lanes so still not very big) that circle the island but many of the streets in the town are just cobblestone.
It is truly wonderful.
We walked by the horse drawn carriage station and took a few pictures but decided to wait until tomorrow because we wanted to hang out and just take in this little town.