WHAT TO SEE IN YALOVA...
My oldest friend, Kamy, was kind enough to lend me her best friend, Sarah, while we were in Turkey. Sarah is on a Fulbright scholarship in Yalova/is amazing and hosted us for two nights.
To get Yalova, we took a ferry from Yenikapi. The ferry itself was a cool experience. Waiting for two hours in the ferry station was less cool. There were a lot of locals on the ferry AKA cute babies and people asking us where we were from.
We had a full day in Yalova. Sarah invited friends over for a "traditional breakfast," and it was very very delicious. Seek out a place that serves a traditional Turkish breakfast if you aren't lucky enough to have Sarah invite you over.
In the afternoon we got tea and coffee at a cafe. We walked around by the water. It was a cloudy day, but we didn't mind. We shopped (even though our backpacks were plenty full).
Easily one of the best things we were introduced to in Yalova was pide (basically Turkish pizza). I probably had pide eight times while in Turkey. I would give anything for pide right now, and I ain't even hungry.
Ferrying back to Istanbul we were welcomed by Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque through the fog.