A couple of weeks ago (yeah yeah), we took a Sunday motorcycle ride to Rumeli Feneri, apparently Turkey's largest lighthouse, located in the north of Istanbul where the Bosphorus meets the Black Sea. In the snip below, I've pinpointed our neighborhood (more or less) in yellow while Rumeli Feneri at the top is circled in red (and by the by, the "Istan" of Istanbul near the bottom lies over the location of the city's main historical sites).
I don't really know why we decided to go up to Rumeli Feneri, except that we'd get to ride along the water and then eventually through Istanbul's treed areas, with the wind figuratively whipping through our hair (since we were wearing helmets and all).
The castle sits right against the water and even though it belongs to the military (and was fenced), there were a lot of people just strolling through the open gates, using the grounds as a picnic area. So we did as the Romans do and went in; and with recently purchased soft drinks and chips, we fit right in. We sat on one of the walls for awhile, ate our snack, and admired the view. And while it was nice, it could have been nicer - like a lot of places in Turkey, the area is unfortunately marred by the loads of trash picnickers have left behind.
The weather now is starting to get rainy and cold - it's been pouring rain for the last two days - but hopefully we'll have another chance or two to go on these kind of excursions this fall.