Divan City Istanbul
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... you see it is only the tourists being ripped off. On the way home we decide to get some food. My usual post club snack is chips. In Sydney they're AUD$6 and I get a very generous serve. Here they are AUD$2.50 and the serve I got wasn't even 1/10th of what I get in Sydney - and Sydney apparently is the third most expensive city in the world. This city is amazing, but the people less so. It's all geared to rip you off blatantly. They don't care that you know - they just want your ...
... to the basilica of Hagia Sophia or as I like to call it the confused temple it was built by Greeks as an Orthodox Church then converted to a catholic one by the Romans then it was a mosque and now is a museum. it is very pretty though and due to all the changes there is a lot of history, they are still discovering artwork that had been covered over time with its changes. After lunch we head to the Blue mosque also know as the ...
... a short road to the hostel – second home hostel.
I got to the hostel and was able to check in straight away. I was given some apple tea, paid up and got my room. No problem at all. I then left the hostel and went for a walk. I first walked to
the blue mosque, and joined the crowds trying to get in. Around the court yard they had some information about the mosque, so read that then joined the line to get in. In front of me in ...
... replaced the torn notes which I am sure he had surreptitiously torn then handed back to me to start the whole confusing episode. What a scam. Later we googled Istanbul taxi scams which are numerous. Travelers suggest to take public transport.
... for other people and a few things for myself. I may have gotten caught up in the haggling and bought a couple of things just because I got the price down so low. Everyone was so nice and two vendors even gave us free pins with the evil eye to pin on our shoulders and protect us from bad luck. After that Koray took us to the spice market here he had set up some free Turkish delight and tea tasting and we got some sweets and a little tea there. Then we went to dinner at the best kebab ...