I grew up in a landlocked state, so I didn't discover the joys of living near the water until I found myself living in Seattle a decade ago. Once I got used to life near the mountains and the water, I didn't every want to live another way.
Istanbul is surrounded by water, from the Bosphorus and all its bridges to the Golden Horn, it is hard to not see water. Every time I've crossed the bridge in the background of the photo above it has been full of people fishing off the side.
I'm not sure I'm ready to take to the water on one of these boats - given that the Bosphorus is also full of oil and other tankers, I'm thinking I'd feel safer on something a bit larger.
This song has been a big hit in the US, it's a great celebration of a lazy day spent out on the water: Little Big Town - Pontoon.