We took a 11.5 hours bus ride from Ankara to Trabzon. It seems we left Ankara the day before the anti government protests started which I suppose is a good thing.
We arrived in Trabzon at 730am after a night cramped in a bus seat and minimal sleep. With no prior reservation we walked to a cheap hotel recommended by the lonely planet in hopes they would have space for us. Not only did they have space and we could check in right away , they also offered us breakfast! So we had breakfast and then slept until 3pm.
Later that day we walked around the town and promenade. There was a small anti government protest in the centre of the square but the police weren’t taken any action and the scale was no where near as big as Istanbul. But we just avoided the whole scene incase some violence was to occur.
The next day we went to see the Sumela Monastery which is a monastery built on the side of a cliff. The Sumela Monastery is a Greek Orthodox monastery dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
It was nice but many of the paintings had been vandalized over the years and there
were a lot of tourists. We met with a few other tourists and everyone seemed to be going to countries like Iran and such. It seems like the more East one heads, the more adventurous the tourists become.
Murals on the ceiling:
Many of the paintings near the ground have been destroyed or defaced:
There wasn’t too much to do in Trabzon so we just had our final Turkish dinner which was good and cheap and said farewell to Turkey.