One of the stops on our day trip Bosphorus Cruise was to a tiny fishing village where the Maramara Sea and Black Sea meet: Poyrazköy. I have been wanting to share these photos for a while. I finally decided “Why not for the Travel Photo Thursday that Budget Travelers Sandbox does?”
Other than looking a bit creepy, there is nothing haunted about these abandoned buildings. (That anyone would admit to anyway.) We encountered them on a rainy afternoon.
In warmer weather (we took this cruise back in December), this is the part of the cruise where they’d anchor just off shore and let cruisers swim in the Black Sea. Since it was definitely not swimming weather, they instead led us up a steep hill to the top of the cliffs overlooking the Black Sea.
That’s where we saw these abandoned buildings. They were part of an old military complex that used to be there.
It would’ve been neat to swim in the Black Sea, but standing before it was also thrilling. Like I’d done the day earlier when I’d seen the Aegean Sea, I pinched myself. Yep, felt it. I really was looking at something I’d only read of before that.
Perhaps the most macabre thing about the experience was that our guide explained why the Black Sea is called that. Evidently there is a spot within it where nothing can live. No, not just that. Living things that encounter the waters in this spot die. It’s apparently toxic or poisonous or something.
But that place is farther out away from land. There is plenty of life that thrives in the waters of the Black Sea. And plenty of resorts line its shores and offer beachgoers respite. Weather permitting of course.