Taksim Square flower sellersAnd so here we are in Sultanahmet. Not a lot has changed since we were last here. The metal work on top of the mosques has been very noticeably polished up, probably for the European Capital of Culture stuff and a few of the döner kebab stalls in Eminönü have been replaced by balık ekmek (fish in bread) stalls. Nothing too desperate. We can still eat on a shoestring and our mackerel half-bread was absolutely lovely.
Walking across Galata BridgeOur service bus dropped us off in Taksim so we walked from there, down the lovely Istiklal Caddesi, through Tünel and across the Galata Bridge to our hostel in Sultanahmet. We could have got the tram or a taxi but we wanted to see everything again. Sultanahmet is where all the classic Istanbul 'must sees' are such as Aya Sofya and it's very touristy but it's also cheap for us to stay here (always a winner for us) and central for the people we need to see while we're here. Got to say, if you're planning on coming to Istanbul for European Capital of Culture year, book your accommodation. It's busy busy busy around here and that's on a cold, dull February day. Our hostel is fully booked.
Okay, so we're off to Kadıköy on the Asian side now. Getting the ferry across. It's all go. There's a restaurant that I really want to go to. We've got a rough idea where it is but if we don't find it, I'm sure somewhere else will suffice. Photos are the first couple I took today. A very cloudy and damp day today so I loved all these flower stalls in Taksim Square...and Galata Bridge, well, it's Galata Bridge isn't it. Perfect. Hoping for a bit of sun tomorrow.