Claire arrives on the scene

Istanbul Travel Blog

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Kesh: We had a couple of aims today, firstly to figure out where our new hostel was, and find out how to get to Sofia. The boys from the Tulip walked us to the Best Island Hostel so that was problem solved. The Best Island hostel is directly behind the Ayah Sofia, so we wandered up into the place gardens, and then went into the Archeological Museum (10 Lira pp) which has lots of interesting artefacts and outlines the progression of Turkey from part of the Egyptian Empire to the Roman Empire and then its change from Christianity to Islam by the Sultan Ahmet. We went to the Ayah Sofia after that which was a nice progression (although at 20 lira pp, it is a really over priced for the most visited attraction in the city), the church was converted to a mosque, they are still restoring the inside to learn about the period, but there is not that much to look at, and interms of decoration is is very simple.

We decided to walk up to where the maps said there was an official tourist information to find out about buses to Sofia, but on the way we stopped for Turkish crepes - yummo! We never did find the tourist information, but now we were right near the Grand Bazaar, I had been mentally preparing myself for the rush and hassle we were going to have in this main market, but it was a suprisingly plesant experience and the shops were filled with lovely things. Having already walked here we decided to keep going, past the university and to an Aqueduct towards the middle of town. It was an interesting this to do to get away from the tourists and experience the students and locals just living their lives (and there was a lot less hasseling). from here we walked back towards the train station, the actual tourist information wwas shut, and in true turkish style the train information could not tell you anything but that you would need to get a bus to Sofia, and not where the bus station was or how to get tickets!!

By rhis time Claire had landed so we went for a drink then met her off the tram. She had been travelling for more than 30 hours by now, but seemed to be raring to go. So we dropped off her stuff and went for a meal and to watch the football.

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Istanbul Hostels review
Nice staff, and good location, but not the nicest place to stay apart from the rooftop bar.
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