If you ask an Istanbulli which Princes' Island to visit they will generally say Buyukada or perhaps Kinliada if you want to swim. I am pleased by their lack of wisdom for, as I have said before, Burgazada is the gem on that Prince's crown and the less people who bespoil her beauty the better.
I decided to visit her the other day because even in wintry isolation she is a splendid place for an amble and some raki. Truth be told, if Three Paw (the miracle doy) hadn't made it through her latest affliction, I had planned to carry her and a shovel over to bury her among the pines.
The weather was glorious. Cold in the shadows but perfect for striding between trees and walking with street dogs.