• Image about Istanbul

Emperors and sultans once banished noblemen and
unwanted family members to the Princes' Islands, near
Istanbul. If only we could all be so lucky.
Photographs by Jan McGready.

It's a hot July morning in Istanbul and getting warmer by the minute. The ferryboat that goes to the Princes' Islands rests at the dock in Eminönü, just steps away from the Sirkeci Terminal railway station. The station is a slightly ragged nineteenth-century structure that holds the memory of a grander era, when the city was called Constantinople and the Orient Express provided luxurious transportation between Paris and the Ottoman Empire.