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... understand the word 'no'". How true is that!
After three hours of walking around the bazaar we went back to our hotel for a short recovery session, then it was out again because we decided to check out the Galata Tower. We caught a tram with all the locals which took us to the other side of the Galata bridge from here it was a steep walk to the tower. This tower was built in 1348 and is ...
... Lunch was the famous Balik Ekmek (mackerel sandwich) - delicious, but poor old Jack got one with bones so gave up and ate the bread only. Later in the afternoon we explored the area behind us up to Taksim Square and then walked down through Istikal Street which is pretty much like Bourke Street but much longer, far busier with only the one tram and lots of ice-cream sellers performing tricks with their patrons.
... cover our heads and arms. It was massive and very beautiful inside with thousands of tiles decorated with blue designs. Yarvuz informed us a bit about the Muslim faith and then gave us some time to look around. We contrasted this visit with one to the Hagia Sophia. It used to be a church, which was converted to a mosque and has since become a museum. The Muslim people were very considerate because unlike other faiths,they rarely tore down religious buildings, ...
... the people friendly, bunk beds actually quite comfortable, shower pressure and heat almost too much, and the communal kitchen and sitting area was bustling with food and friends. Despite already feeling comfortable I quickly dumped my things and lightened my load as my stomach was making all sorts of noises so with a new map in hand I hit the streets in search of my first kebap. Which in all honesty was no hard feet as they are on every street corner ...
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Bus to Xanthi (Greece), TL 146 for two people.
Transit rides in Istanbul are flat fare, just over TL 2 for tram, bus, metro and many ferries (not car ferries). You need a transit card, TL 3.50 non-refundable, which you can top up at corner shops.
There are several good tourist information offices, one at the Eminonu tram stop near the Galata Bridge.