Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Springtime in Istanbul is my favorite time of the year here.

Spring means this bustling city is filled with millions of blooming tulips as I’ve mentioned a few times in the past 3 weeks.

Over the weekend, we trekked out to the Emirgan Korusu (Park) because a friend had told me the tulips already were blooming. We were not disappointed!
I’m guessing that perhaps 40 percent of the tulips are blooming right now. That means, the tulips probably will not be blooming the whole month of April like they usually are. The official opening day of the 8th Annual Tulip Festival is this Sunday, April 7.

If I were you, I’d get to the park as soon as you can. Try to avoid the weekend because the shore road traffic is truly a nightmare.

On Saturday, by the time we had strolled around the park, taken 100 photos and drank our bottle of wine back among the trees, the traffic was bad. So bad in fact that we took a small sea taxi from Emirgan to Kanlıca, then a public bus to Üsküdar, then a quick ferry boat from Üsküdar back to Beşiktaş, and then we walked home. Total travel time was about 1.5 hours, but we got to enjoy a lovely ride along the Bosphorus not just once, but twice.

I took so many tulip photos that I’ve decided to break up the photos into two posts. So today, please enjoy part one of the tulips blooming in Emirgan Korusu.

Happy spring!

How to get to Emirgan Korusu (Park)
By bus – there are dozens of buses that run along the shore road, departing from Beşiktaş and Kabataş. Look for the ones heading toward Sariyer.

By metro and taxi – we tried a new route this time and found it much faster. Take the metro to ITU. Exit the metro following the signs for Büyükdere Caddesi. Then take a 7-tl-fare taxi ride to the rear entrance of the park.

By boat – there is a vapur (ferry boat) that lands at the Emirgan Iskelesi, but the times aren’t that frequent unfortunately. Click here to check the Emirgan vapur schedule.

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Julia said...

Looks great Joy and looking forward to seeing more of your tulip photos. There can never be too many tulips in this world! :)

Joy said...

@Julia, thanks for spreading the word on Google+ too! The tulips are easy to photograph. Cheers!

Alien said...

. . what a city Istanbul is . . and out in the countyside where there are massive tree-planting initiatives all over the place. Suggest you divorce hubby and stay here ;-)

The Bell-Russo Family said...

gorgeous photos Joy. wishing you much joy in Warsaw even though you are sad to leave Istanbul.

Joy said...

@Alien or Alan, right? :-) Well, I do love my husband, and what you do do for love? I wish I could be back in Istanbul right now.

@Becky, thank you! I'm trying my best to adjust. I'll keep on blogging about Turkey for awhile. I've got lots of blog posts that need to be written! :-)

Umbereen said...

Our house is really close to the rear entrance of the park and last weekend we couldn't take our car out- there were so many traffic jams- I am dreading what will happen this weekend with the opening! But on the flip side I can walk down to the park any time I want :)

Hope Warsaw is treating you well.

Joy said...

@Umbereen, I hate to tell you this but the month of April is probably going to be pretty awful regarding the traffic. The big buses are the worst! The only way to avoid it is to leave the house really early, but then it's hard to get back home too. At least it's only for about 3 weeks, and the tulips are really lovely! :-)

Ozlem's Turkish Table said...

Wonderful spring air and tulips Joy;)! I am so with you, couldn't believe the colors and varieties of tulips in Istanbul at the moment, feast to the eye! xx ozlem

jaz@octoberfarm said...

they are gorgeous. i must plant tulips this fall.

Joy said...

@Ozlem, glad to hear you got to enjoy the lale as well in Istanbul! xo

@Joyce, Yes! My mom has had some tulips planted for years. Though the best blooms are from the first few years, they still seem to multiply and are pretty.