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Sea of Marmara
Flew from Heathrow to Istanbul by British Airway. First time flying on BA but second time being in Istanbul. I was here 3 years ago.Istanbul is the first stop of my Middle East trip which will conclude in Sharm El-Sheihk, Egypt.

It was great the last time as it was during spring and pleasant temperature but today just an average summer days that the fan in my dorm isn't effective enough to keep the room confortable to sleep. But free wi-fi in the dorm is much thankful of.

Arrived at Sultan Hostel in Sultanahmet around 2 pm and pretty easy to find. Can't really remember if I was in the same hostel 3 years ago as the room layout and orientation are very peculiar. Good atmosphere. Funnily enough I'm sharing in this mixed dorm with 3 male backpackers from La spezia, Cinque Tere where I was last week !There is German girl in the dorm who just stopping over from her Thailand/Cambodia trip too. The Italian boys are on their summer trip backpacking through Balkan countries where Turkey is their second stop from Bulgaria.

I'm staying here only a night before checking out in the morning. The boys asked me to join them sightseeing Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace all in the vicinity. I'm joining them before catching a nightbus to Selcuk to see Ephesus, Hierapolis and Pamukkale.


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YantiSoeparno says:
Istanbul.... I want to go there....
Posted on: Aug 20, 2009
martig13 says:
I'll be in Istanbul soon! Approx Aug 19
Posted on: Aug 07, 2009
RH122 says:
Have a superb vacation! :)
Posted on: Aug 05, 2009
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Sea of Marmara
Sea of Marmara
Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque
Haghia Sofia
Haghia Sofia
street seller
street seller
on the mosque steps
on the mosque steps
Istanbul
photo by: Memo