Üsküdar, and when we are done looking around we can go back when we are ready. Not only would the 15 minute boat ride be perfect for the kids, it cost 3tl per person instead of 100tl per person!!!
There are many legends about the construction of the tower and its location. According to the most popular Turkish legend, an emperor had a much beloved daughter and one day, an oracle prophesied that she would be killed by a venomous snake on her 18th birthday. The emperor, in an effort to thwart his daughter's early demise by placing her away from land so as to keep her away from any snakes, had the tower built in the middle of the Bosphorus to protect his daughter until her 18th birthday. The princess was placed in the tower, where she was frequently visited only by her father.
On the 18th birthday of the princess, the emperor brought her a basket of exotic sumptuous fruits as a birthday gift, delighted that he was able to prevent the prophecy. Upon reaching into the basket, however, an asp that had been hiding among the fruit bit the young princess and she died in her father's arms, just as the oracle had predicted. Hence the name Maiden's Tower.
Cite seeing at an old mosque and its grave yard along the river.
We did a lot of walking along the riverside and then decided to take a detour in and go up a random street. There wasn't a huge tourist area outside of the river's area that we could find but we eventually started walking back towards the water and found this market to walk through.
Fresh fish everywhere and Owen was a little obsessed!!!
Can we pick out a fish???
So many things for sale, like Addyson's new flower headband. Corn in a cup is also a popular snack.