Istanbul: Market goods
Thanks to the greatness that is the hop-on-hop-off tour bus, we admired the different goods that Istanbul had to offer, including those from the Spice Market, stands around the squares and the Grand Bazaar. Everything was so colourful!
Istanbul at night
Our first night in Istanbul, hours after we arrived… beautiful night to explore the area. Our hostel was right by the Blue Mosque and the Aya Sofia, which was unbelievable.
The beginning: Istanbul
…all bright eyed and bushy tailed: our first morning of our backpacking adventure; our first morning in Istanbul.
Here we go
… About to tackle the 4000+ photos and video footage. Stay tuned!
a message from stylingbyaoife
You’re too kind! This was the trip of a lifetime… It still feels surreal that we actually went to all those places! If you have an opportunity to travel, take it! We’d been dreaming about this trip for years (since our first year of university!) and of course we started longingly googling Europe destinations since we decided that we’d go. However, we probably didn’t start concrete plans until last summer, when we made decisions on where to go. Planning was slow until we bought our plane tickets to Istanbul in the winter… But we left a lot to the last minute (aka we were booking hostels days before we flew out!) There’s a lot of different ways to go about planning though. Because we were a group of 5, we booked ALL our hostel stays, flights and ferries (since 5 is a lot to accommodate last minute). But when there were only 2 of us, we planned and booked as we went. I’m not sure exactly how much we spent (plus I stayed 2 weeks longer with Becky) but the whole trip cost less than 5 grand. Hope this helps! C