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Sail Turkey

A week of swimming, eating, reading and sleeping

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I woke up early again and started the bus trek across from Olympus to Fethiye. A mini-van then a mini-bus overfilled with people including some overly friendly turkish men who wanted to come with me on my boat trip and then a crappy old bus that meandered its way through the mountains and dilapidated farming towards Fethiye.
I checked in for my sail trip which had a total of 48 people on 3 different boats run by a company called V-GO. There was 18 year olds everywhere that I could see and I had a slight panic about spending a week with them. Eventually we separated onto the different boats and I was relieved to find my boat was of people more my age. 15 aussies and one American! although we see the other boats occasionally as we are all following the same route but we tended to keep seperate. Our crew included Captain Orhan, Vulcan also called Volcano, Gengis who was mainly called Sean Penn (seriously he looks like Turkish sean penn), Sam and 15 year old Captain Kid, aka Abe aka Abebabe. They are a good bunch that looked after us and have heaps of fun with us, although at times some of them are slightly sleazy and incredibly cheeky, but we all just brush it off! We set off around 6pm and spent the first bit of sail time getting to know each other. Ivan the plumber from western sydney was "thrilled" when he found out I worked in architecture and spent the next week ribbing me. Ollie was our only 18 year old but we forgave him for that, Troy and Bec were the alcoholics, drinking from after breakfast through to the night, Eden, Loretta, Siobhan and myself were the solo girl travellers, then there was also friends Holly, who lived in London and Heidi who lived in Shanghai and then Bree and Kate from Tassie. Jay and Pedj, friends from the gold coast and Mark and Sommer, an aussie couple living in London. Then maybe not even half an hour later we docked and went for a swim. The water was ridiculously warm and crystal clear blue. So beautiful. We were all starving for dinner by the time it came around at 8:30, and my god we were fed so much. The food on the sail trip seems to be carbs with a side of carbs and a dollop of carbs on top! pasta, rice, potatoes, bread. every meal there is at least 2 of these with fish or chicken or beef and lots of yoghurt. Saying that, it is all amazing and there is soooo much of it. definitely not going hungry this week. By 10 or so on the first night we were all buggered so it was bed time. We all have cabins that we share. I'm with Siobhan who happens to live 5 mins away from me back home which was crazy but it's way way way too hot in the cabins plus with all our stuff there is no room therefore everyone sleeps up on the top of the boat on the beds there. It is so nice. The rocking of the boat sends me to sleep almost instantly, although others had a bit of a harder time.
The next day after breakfast we head to Butterfly valley, a beautiful cove that normally has lots of butterflies but unfortunately it is not the season at the moment. It is a beautiful rock beach and a valley which we followed back to a waterfall! Really glad that we were getting off the boat during the week and exploring places along the coast. Just as the butterfly valley was getting crowded by tourists we headed to an area called the blue lagoon and went swimming and had lunch here. Once again ridiculously blue and warm water. It was lots of fun jumping off the rock cliffs (and Loretta has the bruise to prove it) and going on ride on the water bed dragged by the dingy. Later in the afternoon we moved again for our night time spot. We went to an a beautiful little area that was filled with other boats. Here people tried to sell jet ski rides and doughnut rides but most of us all went for the boat offering turkish pancakes (Gozleme) with sweet or savory fillings! amazing! We climbed up an island called St Nicholas's island (as in Santa Claus) which was filled with phenomenal Roman ruins and watched the sunset over the water! Although I will say it a million times across this trip. It was absolutely stunning!
During the night we had some issues with our boat docking properly so we had to start up and move again which took a little while. But eventually had another good sleep.
We started off super early in the morning to do a few hours in the open sea before breakfast. We were all nervous it would be quite rough, and some people took sea sickness tablets but in the end people slept through most of it. We then came into a little town called Kas which none of us found particularly enthralling, although we did come across free wifi and so for 20 minutes or so we all lost the ability to communicate. We stopped in a few places in the afternoon swimming and relaxing, including going into a cave commonly known as the pirate cave. When captain told us we could go swimming towards it, Mark one of the guys started swimming like he was in it for a gold medal and collided with a boat. So after a little bit of panic and screaming we headed in. It was pretty cool in the dusk light. Then we came into a place called smugglers cove which is famous because it has a boat access bar on the water. We had dinner and drinks and got fractionally more dressed up and headed to this bar where we were able to have a dance (once again to some terrible music) and have some (expensive) drinks for the night. pretty good fun!
The next day we headed out of smugglers cove and went to another gorgeous little inlet, possibly my favourite that we visited and parked for the day. The water here had freezing fresh water coming from underground caves pumping into it so it was a mix of hot and cold spots. We spent hours swimming, chilling in our tubes, kayaking and in doing this we found another little cove that had a path that headed up from the water into the hill. Captain, Loretta, our resident american, who spent most of the trip trying to learn australian and then imitating us, and I decided to explore so headed up the hill then off the path trying to find the edge to see the view. This didn't come easily and we ended up climbing over rocks and on hot dirt and over prickly shrubs (all without any shoes and in bikini's) until we could get a view. Captain then wanted to keep going all the way to his boat as he had never been up here before and so instead of getting stuck and lost we had to keep following him the whole way. It was a fantastic little hike but I've never been so glad to jump into the water! Later in the afternoon after yet another carb-tastic lunch the whole boat, crew and people, took varying lengths of naps. Brilliant. As dusk was bearing down on us we continued to the furthest point of our trip to drop off two people who were continuing on land and then proceeded to turn around to start the 3 days back to Fethiye. Wednesday was kayaking day. I was really looking forward to this although it turned out to be more of a kayak tour then go off an explore the area. 9 of us from the boat joined a group of about 20 other people. After spending an hour waiting around and learning how to use a paddle, we paddled double kayaks (I partnered with Siobhan) over to a large island that is a famous archilogical site as it was a Roman and then Lycian city that is now half underwater. After having a swim at the island we paddled (ridiculously slowly) over the sunken city, which I think you can view better from the boat, and then turned back to the mainland and a little town called Kekova, for lunch. After lunch of more carbs and vegetables and a little explore of this really cute and rough little hill village we went back to our boat and continued again to another bay where we were going to have a bonfire on the shore. On the boat Loretta, Siobhan and Captain Orhan made a giant vodka punch in a watermelon for us all to share and everyone proceeded to have several drinks. Then Mark, Ollie, Jay, Pedj (who never ever went swimming), Heidi and I with Volcano and Abe went to shore and cut down trees for our bonfire. Well actually the boys cut down trees, Jay "supervised" with some beer and cigarettes, Heidi was resident photographer and I, well I'm not sure what I did beside get warrior painted from charcoal! After taking all the trees back the crew set up a bonfire for later in the night and we went swimming. It was possibly one of the most hilarious swim times ever, there were drinks being handed over board, I spent my time hanging off an inflatable dolphin and Loretta did the LMFAO wiggle wiggle wiggle dance on the blow up bed while captain and sean penn where trying to throw her off! One other busabout boat came and joined in on our cool pool toys. It was ridiculously funny. After dinner the party continued with a dance floor on the top of our boat and also the bonfire going at the back of the boat. That night I was so tired I fell asleep face down holding my camera.
We started fairly early on Thursday morning as we had a few hours to get to our next stop. A lovely little town called Kalkan. The hillside town is a popular english holiday spot with over half the town owned by the English and everything displayed in pounds as well as Turkish Lira and Euro. Some people decided to have breakfast in town instead of on the boat as they were craving a slightly more english breakfast! (of bacon). But after breakfast everyone headed in and went for an explore. (although ollie and eden headed straight for the pharmacy!) The town had some very cool shops (with air-con), I could have spent up a fortune, instead I just bought a necklace. We sailed out of the town before lunch and headed 10 mins over to a little bay, where we still had a view of the town. It was a very popular little bay with boats of all sizes (and costs) parked there. We had lunch and then Eden, Holly and myself tried to go snorkelling but there really is not very much to see beside a few rocks, dull fish and sea urchins, but not the bottom. It was a little terrifying how deep it was! The next few hours on the boat were spent relaxing and watching the crew attempting to untangle our anchor from 2 other boats and then from some rocks. Captain was not having a good day! Eventually after the drama and finally becoming free we were able to put the sails up and sail over to another bay for the night. Although short the sail was very peaceful and surprisingly calm. The other boat joined us and we spent our time swimming and eating dinner and then at night we had a waterpipe before heading off to bed. I was buggered. Our last day on the water started early with a 3 hour sail back towards Fethiye. For all of 10 seconds we had dolphins swimming at the bow which was gorgeous. We pulled into a cove where there was a little rock beach, and we went for a swim before breakfast. Delightful. After a few hours of relaxing and swimming we headed again to another bay which was quite open and therefore rough for the last few hours before we headed into port. We we went swimming, had lunch, read, relaxed, went swimming again, watched mark swim through a busy channel out to a pier in the water and then shake our heads as to how he was going to get back safely and then headed into town. Can't believe our time on the water was over. It was so peaceful (yet exhausting at the same time) and I was quite sad to have to get off. Once we docked everyone got off and became anti-social checking facebook and emails and organising how they were to get out of Fethiye. I decided to book a flight to London for 5am in the morning so I wouldn't be stuck hanging around in Fethiye all day Saturday. That night we were heading out on the town in Fethiye and so after getting ready and having our last meal of carbs all together on the boat we headed to the V-GO hostel bar to have some drinks and then watch some traditional turkish dancing. The dancers were just a group of young kids (some of whom really looked like they had better things to do) but it was very interesting. The belly dancer next was amazing though. How on earth do you move all the different parts of body separately at the same time! It was absolutely hilarious when she grabbed Ollie, Mark and Ivan and took off their shirts and made them belly dance. Afterwards we followed captain (and his Central coast girlfriend that magically turned up) and headed to one of the clubs down in the central part of Fethiye. It was fantastic. We were all dancing and drinking for a few hours. So much fun, but then at 1:30 Loretta and I had to leave as we were both on the same flight to Istanbul at 5am. My decision to leave early was perhaps not the smartest. It was so sad leaving everyone. They really were a great group and I had lots of fun with them. Loretta and I then ran back to the boat, took the world's fastest shower and then headed for the taxi to take us to the bus-station. In hindsight we really didn't need to rush quite as we did as we were stuck waiting 40 minutes for a bus and so the night finally started to catch up on us. We fell asleep on the hour bus to the airport and then as soon as we got on the plane (and each had 3 seats to ourselves) we fell asleep again. In Istanbul we separated, and I headed on my way to London.
Turkey has been a fabulous place. I really could spend my whole trip there. The people are so generous, the food is delicious, the landscape very dramatic and the culture is very interesting. There is so much more to discover but if I stayed I'd miss out on the rest of eastern europe!

The girls of the boat at Butterfly valley

The girls of the boat at Butterfly valley


Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon


The pancake boat

The pancake boat


The sunset on St Nicholas's island

The sunset on St Nicholas's island


Nap time on the front of the boat

Nap time on the front of the boat


Smugglers Cove

Smugglers Cove


The hot and cold water bay

The hot and cold water bay


The boat

The boat


cooking with Volcano

cooking with Volcano


The group while sailing

The group while sailing

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Olympus

hanging in amongst the trees

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I decided to make my way on another overnight bus to a tiny town on the Mediterranean coast called Olympus. Thankfully this bus was much smoother, although there was a little drama towards the end, but I got there safe and sound. Olympus is a very different place. It is on the coast, surrounded by trees and mountains. It actually reminded me very much of the Hoi-An - Hue area of Vietnam. The town, if you could call it that had one dirt road that lead from the beach back, with the treehouse pensions lining it. The area is famous for it's "treehouse bungalows". Every pension has a huge chill out area of bungalows with couches, hammocks, tables and chairs, table tennis, volleyball and they provide breakfast and dinner. Not bad for 12 euros a night! It is so hot and these are a perfect way to escape the heat. I arrived in the morning and preceded to sleep through to the afternoon on a hammock and in my dorm before I headed down to the beach. On the way to the beach you pass through overgrown Roman ruins. It is a surreal place, remnants of walls, arches, sarchophegeous all being overgrown. There is little signage and you just make your way through it, finding as much as you can, walking over rocks and climbing over some of it. It was quite an established roman town and the ruins are extensive and very cool. The beach at the end was beautiful, although a pebble and rock beach it had lovely walm calm clear water and a dramatic landscape of trees and cliffs surrounding it. I stayed for a few hours swimming and relaxing and eating muscles stuffed with rice from a beach vendor. So lovely. That night after a delicious buffet dinner, I did the Chrimae (flame) tour. There is a rock face high up in the surrounding area that is naturally on fire. First there was a bus ride through the mountainous landscape, then you had to climb up this massive hill in the dark with torches. It was ridiculously hot and sticky. I can't remember ever sweating so much in life. By the top all the men had taken off their shirts. At the top was several places where the rock was on fire! such a strange sight.
The next day I spent most of it relaxing on the beach, swimming, reading, sleeping and repeated over and over again. The water was so delightful! I loved that I finally found a place where I could walk right into the water with no problem!
Back at my pension and I found Julie-anne and Jodie from Goreme sitting in one of the bungalows with a 4 other guys they had picked up on the way. We had dinner then all of us and with another aussie guy we picked up made our way out to one of the other pensions that had a bar. It was a strangely kitsch place of treehousee bungalow meets american wild west but we had fun dancing and chatting until they closed and we moved next door into the nightclub where we kept dancing into the early hours. I kept having those surreal moments of i'm dancing in a nightclub (in thongs on a dirt floor) with a bunch of people i've just met in a tiny little town out of the way on the Turkish Mediterranean coast. Awesome!
Shame I had to leave early in morning to go to Fethiye, otherwise I could of stayed here quite a few days more!

View over Olympus beach

View over Olympus beach


Stuffed muscles on the beach

Stuffed muscles on the beach


Flames mountain

Flames mountain


Olympus Roman Ruins

Olympus Roman Ruins

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Goreme

It is so hot outside, I'll just be turkish

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Goreme, Cappadocia is a town pretty much in the middle of the Turkey. It is unbelievably hot and unbelievably spectacular. After my eventful bus I chilled out in the gardens of my hostel around the pool before heading out to the Open Air Museum. This is a small area of caves that people during the crusades lived in. Inside the caves is beautifully cool, Makes total sense why they lived their lives in caves. They had tiny cave churches that were decorated with frescoes and banners. That night Gabriel and Julie-anne and I climbed up (5 minutes) to the sunset look out over Goreme. It was incredibly peaceful and I thought it was spectacular. We then met up with another girl from the bus and went to dinner. We had a traditional meal of the area, kind of like a tagine. it is a casserole cooked in a clay pot and then to open it they smash the top of it off in front of you. It was lovely and tender. We then headed to a local bar and chilled out on beanbag couches. We had some beers and a water pipe and chatted and laughed into the early hours of the morning. Our group became even bigger during the night with a bunch of hard core French rockers and then some Dutch guys all joining in the conversations. I finally went to bed after 2am only to have to get up 4:15 to go on the hot air ballooning which this area is famous for.
The ballooning was ridiculously expensive but worth every cent. I got picked up at 4:30 and taken to the meeting place where they serve breakfast to all the people going up in6 the balloons, then we were driven out a few minutes to the launch sites. Our balloon only had 7 people plus two pilots while most balloons have either 16 or up to 25 people on board. Although I paid slightly more for the priveledge of less people and therefore a better view it was absolutely worth it. We had great pilots who for an hour took us down through the valley and then up higher over the whole landscape during the sunrise. It was so dramatic, particularly with the 80 balloons flying. When we landed we shared a bottle of champagne to celebrate the successful flight. Then we were driven back to our hostels and I was back in bed by 7am!
I spent most of the day then being turkish - sitting around out of the heat, drinking water and tea. It is too hot during the day to really do anything else. At 4:30 Julie-Anne and I decided we wanted to do a walk through the landscape and so followed one of the paths in the area. our walk turned into a 5 hour hike, which was unbelievably fantastic, although I did the whole thing in thongs. We walked through the open landscape amongst the rock formations and cliffs and went into some of the caves. We then headed into a smaller valley going through tunnels and then making our way up the cliffs to the top. It was so beautiful, every tiny little bit is different and I just kept getting blown away by how spectacular it was. The climb up out of the valley was so rewarding, and when we got to the top which is a lookout point we couldn't stop joking that all the bus loads of tourists were cheaters. The top wasn't actually the top and so we kept on climbing past the tourist point to the highest point in the area to watch the sunset. It was one of those moments you wish you could freeze in time. When we came down though we had to walk all the way back to Goreme along the roadway for an hour in the dark. All part of the adventure though!
My feet where swollen double the size when I woke up the next morning and thankfully we had planned a much easier day. We caught a bus to another town about 45minutes away and went into the Derinkuyu underground city. It is a network of underground tunnels and caves that people used to live in. This is the deepest one in the area which went around 8 storeys underground. It was beautifully cold in there but also really small in parts. They must have been a very hunched group of people moving around there. We had to use our torches (I-phone flashlights) a few times to go into these deep tunnels. Even though it is a tourist attraction it felt fun going into these tunnels, like you were discovering it! After heading back I spent the rest of the afternoon being turkish, eating, drinking a bucket load of water and going for a swim.
This place was totally not what I imagined, at first it appears like there isn't that much to do, but as you scratch the surface you can just keep discovering more and more. Phenomenal
Goreme open air museum

Goreme open air museum


Hot air ballooning

Hot air ballooning


Hot air ballooning

Hot air ballooning


Walking through the Rose Valley

Walking through the Rose Valley


climbing up out of the valley

climbing up out of the valley


Aktepe Hill

Aktepe Hill


Our feet after our trek

Our feet after our trek


At the top of the Aktepe Hill after walking through the valley

At the top of the Aktepe Hill after walking through the valley


Derinkuyu underground city

Derinkuyu underground city

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The bus to Cappadocia

I have no idea what is going on.

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The bus was quite a mission and therefore deserves an entry of its own. I thought I was being very clever and organised my bus to Goreme Cappadocia a few days early and they provided a shuttle bus from the hostel to the bus station and then you get your bus to Goreme. Easy right??? Well the shuttle bus turns up and he is saying the shuttle goes to the water, to the bus at the waters edge. What? In the miss translation I was pushed on the bus and proceed to travel about 800m in 40 minutes. Traffic in this area is intense. Buses going down streets it just shouldn't and picking up more passengers then seats available on the bus! At the water everyone is very confused but he points to another bus and says most of us are going on that bus, (even though our individual tickets all say a range of different bus time departures) We wait on the side of the road in the dirt and heat for another 45 minutes at least. In that time another bus load of people turn up to get on the bus. No one has any real confirmation that this is the actual bus to Cappadocia. Eventually we get on and head off. My new travelling companion is Gabriel, a brazillian student travelling around Europe. Thank god I have company for the 10 hour trip. We pass over the Sultan Mehmet bridge and cross into Asia and seem to drive through greater Istanbul forever. Then around 2 hours later (and still in Istanbul I think) we suddenly stop at another bus station and with no communication proceed to wait another 40 minutes so the drivers can have a smoke and a few more people get on. The stops are a sign of things to come. Once we get back on the road we seem to go for maybe an hour and we stop again..... and wait again... and then eventually go again. then we keep going and we stop again..... they wash the bus while we are all sitting there and then they smoke more and then we go again...... I feel asleep and when I woke up we were stopped on the side of the freeway. One of the tyres had been destroyed (Turkey has good freeways, but bad tyres!).
The totally reliable efficient bus to Goreme

The totally reliable efficient bus to Goreme


It took a really long time to get back on the road again. at least another hour. I joined the asian tourists in taking pictures of the broken down bus which the drivers found amusingly strange. It was such a relief to be back on the road again, but 10 minutes later we stopped at another road house and the bus was washed again and the drivers had a smoke and we waited. So tired and people on the bus were getting very anxious and annoyed and of course the Italian girl on the bus was wanting to make some passionate demands about refunds for being so late. Once we started again we then went for another 2 minutes and stopped so the driver could get a new spare tyre. By now it is pushing 4am ( and I got picked up from the shuttle at 6:30pm). I feel asleep for the next big block and woke up to the daylight and quite a different, much more arid and hilly landscape. We had another brief stop and the driver almost forgot the staff boy and then went again. (i hope your all feeling as worn out from this as i was). But finally we turned up in Nevisher, which is not goreme and in some confusion about whether the bus actually went to goreme we waited. We had some false starts leaving as the asians were still in the bathroom but them 20 minutes later we finally arrived into Goreme and it is beautiful! (and hot!) But I am exhausted and so lounging around the pool getting some rest!
The view from the hostel in Goreme

The view from the hostel in Goreme

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Istanbul

Bosphorous bosphorous bosphorous

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Istanbul is an amazing city, but it is so so so hot here. On my second night here I ventured out into the area around to get some dinner and was once again being hasselled by the restaurant hawkers (who are actually very good at what they do) and I was then rescued by an aussie girl who I had met in the airport i the confusion of the visa system and had dinner with her and her Australian and Syrian friends which was very interesting. but then another guy was hasselled into our restaurant and plonked down next to me. Haithan was a doctor from Ottowa and we subsequently spent the next 3 days seeing the sights of Istanbul together. It seems really easy to meet people when your travelling by yourself. The next day I firstly visited Topkapi palace which has lovely grounds and some interesting exhibitions on Ottoman weaponry and jewellery, but I found the sheer quantity of tourists really got in the way and I couldn't enjoy it properly. Afterwards I met up with Haitham and we started walking all over the city. I have done so much walking in one week. It is quite hilly and my calves have definetely been getting a workout. We walked along the main shopping street of downtown Istanbul to Taksim Square. The street is like a giant Pitt St Mall that goes for kilometres and it a bloody hot place to be in the middle of the day. Actually anywhere is too hot really. It was interesting but really just a collection of normal shops. That night I hung out in the hostel and chatted with Tash from Auckand. So fascinating hearing about peoples travels. Aussies and Kiwi's really are good at travelling!
The next morning I visited some more mosques, which I actually appreciated more as they weren't full of crowds and so I was able to peacefully sit in the mosques and stare up at the beautiful domes, and gain a bit more of the atmosphere in the mosque. In my walks I also ate one of the most deliciously decadent things ever. It was like a churros dipped in a golden syrup/ palm sugar syrup. It was absolutely dripping and I made a total mess but it was worth it! The bosphorous boat cruise that afternoon I think was one of my highlights of Istanbul. The ferry hawkers all try hard to get your business with the cries of "bosphorous bosphorous bosphorous" in thick turkish accents all the way along the wharf promenade. The rundown ferry boat takes 1.5hr to get up to the end where you get off and there is a ruined fort at the top of the hill to climb. It was the strangest place. It seemed like there used to be lots of tourists and so there are restaurants, but now they are all in semi-abandoned but still functioning state. The climb only took 20 minutes (which in the heat is horrendous) but the view from the top made it all worth it. 180 degrees from the end of the bosphorous at the black sea and all the way back to Istanbul. Such an beautifully surreal view. Bosphorous

Bosphorous


That night was the start of Ramadan, I had no idea it was happening, but in parks and open spaces all over the city and particularly in fornt of the blue mosque and Hagia Sophia there were thousands of familys all sitting down waiting for the chants to ring out that they can now eat. Such a spectacle. I sat in the chaos and had a meat stuffed eggplant for dinner! brilliant! The next day, myself and one of the aussie guys from my dorm, Nick walked up to see the Roman aqueduct and then sat in the grand bazaar having tea for a while. There is tea (cay) everywhere. It comes in tiny little glasses and you are meant to have sugar with it but it a bit to sweet for my tea tastes like that. After tea we met Haitham and had a very long lunch at one of the cafes. It was nice to chill and escape the heat of the day and of course eat the amazing food. I've had quite a few pide and kebabs already. That night 6 of us from the hotel (3 aussie, 2 kiwi and an honoury american kiwi) after chatting on the hostel terrace for ages headed out for dinner. Watching the street hawkers becomes even more hilarious in a group. We also walked around the blue mosque area again in the craziness of the ramadan celebrations. The mosques are all lit up and very beautiful. Hagia Sophia during Ramadan celebrations

Hagia Sophia during Ramadan celebrations


My last day in Istanbul and I had had such a bad night sleep in my windowless dorm. I was exhausted and really didn't feel like doing much, but I dragged myself to the Istanbul Archeology museum which blew me away with the sheer quantity of objects it possesses. Just phenomenal. There was every sort of artifact in this place but the most fascinating were the huge sarchophageous's and mummified bodies they had on display. Very cool and creepy. After almost 2 hours here though I just couldn't look at another clay pot so went and so sat in the gardens overlooking the bosphorous and had a cup of tea. So peaceful and relaxing. I then did another walk exploring the Taksim area before calling it a day and chilling out with Tash until it was time to get my overnight bus to Cappadocia!

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