20.09.2014 - 22.09.2014 22 °C
Local transport: we have to confess we didn't take any this time and we took a cab from and to the bus station, for the arrival because this was a very bustly port and it was getting late when we got to the bus station, and on departure because we were so early leaving we didn't see any buses or shared taxis to catch.
Monastery: Well worth a trip to the Sumela Monastery about 40ks out of town. Our hotel set us up with a morning trip in a 12-seater mini bus costing 30TL, organised I think through Metro Turizm bus company.
Shops: Trabzon felt constantly lively with a youthful, studenty feel and people constantly out in the many shopping streets and shopping malls in the centre. Felt very western compared to our last two stop-offs.
Tea: Try the cafe formerly known as Stress Cafe and now the Ehl Keyf Cafe. Very young crowd here, but a stressfree place and nobody seemed to bat an eyelid when us oldies turned up for a cuppa.
Coffee: Edwards Coffee does a decent western-style coffee and some delicious cake if you're missing the coffee shop back home feel in Turkey.
Hotel: We stayed in the Nur Hotel. Best service we have had apart from Safranbolu; small rooms but staff bending over backwards to help at every point.
Tea: Next town up is Rize, and if we'd done our research we'd have gone here for the 2nd night instead of staying in Trabzon. Not to be missed if you like your tea is a visit to the Tea Institute at Rize with the Botanical Tea Garden, where you can sip tea and look at the plantations around. No museum anymore - as far as we could see - which was a shame but we were glad we stopped off here