Enchanting Üsküdar …
Only recently I drove through a part of Üsküdar, on the Asian side of Istanbul, called Kuzguncuk. In the past, it was the home of many Jews, Armenians and Greeks. It is the most charming district with many of the traditional wooden Bosphorus houses still intact and a very warm communal feel.
One can take the ferry-boat from Karaköy to Üsküdar. It is a nice long ride across the Bosphorus. They even serve tea and Turkish sandwiches on board!
Once one gets to the Asian shore one can walk along the Bosphorus and enjoy the most stunning views.