Travelling to Turkey!

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  1. lopo2000

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    I'm very excited! I already booked a ticket to Istanbul and very nervous because this will be my first flight experience ever! So, anybody from Turkey here who can give tips and advice on what to do over there?
     
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    You will have a wonderful time. I love Turkey. I have not been there in almost ten years. There is an active member here who lives there who I'm sure can give you some wonderful advice. Have fun.
     
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    Just take care in where you stick your baster...!
     
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    Oh Instanbul is one of the most bewitching cities on earth, I went there ten years ago and had an amazing time, so jealous. I have family there I should go visit some time :)
     
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    Thanks guys, I still don't have a clue what to do over there... But I know about the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar and the palace. What else eh?
     
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    There are some very good guide books available. Try the Rough Guide or Lonely Planet. Time Out also publishes a useful guide to what to do and see in Istanbul.
     
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    I'd love to go to Turkey but have never been.
    But I know one thing I would want to see -- the Hagia Sophia, now a museum, but which was once the largest cathedral in Christendom and was later made into a mosque.
    It's considered a classic example of Byzantine architecture.
     
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    There are many places on the list not to miss.
    The Basilica Cistern, Süleymaniye Camii, the Topkapi Saray complex, Ayasofya... and so much more. The city has been called the world's largest archeological museum.

    Whatever you want, someone has it for sale. Probably you don't even know you need it, but they will have several varieties to suit any taste or pain threshold. There are many things hidden and many layers to peel back.

    The best thing is drinking tea beside the Bosphorus, watching the life go on.

    How many days do you have?
     
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    I'm going for 10 days. I heard at Bosphorus there is this fish dish that should not be missed.
     
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    That would be Hamsi. But the season is in the fall. No worries though, the food is fabulous. Get away from the touristic Sultanahmet district and go to Taksim and Beyoğlu. Galata, Beşıtaş, Ortakoy for good food. Or Kadıköy on the Asian side. Take the ferry across the Bosporus. Be sure to use the old boats, not the new ones.
     
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    old boats? any reasons for that?
     
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    WARNING!!!! If a shoe shiner is walking in front of you and drops his brush, DO NOT pick it up!!! It is a scam done all over the city. He will thank you by shinning your shoes and then rip you off for cash!!! Happend my second time there this last summer. It had been many years since i was there and I had forgotten this. Thought I was being nice and picked up the brush. For the rest of my stay, I watched this happen several more times! Otherwise, it's an awesome city. Went to the only gay hammam. THAT was an experience!
     
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    oh yeah! is there gay hammam? Are people going there all fit and well-shaped? plz post details!
     
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    You'll love turkey. I went when I was rather young.

    Istanbul is a great city. One of my favourites on the planet. There is so much culture there. You have to see the Grand Bazaar, Topkapi palace, the blue mosque, hagia sophia.

    I also went to Izmir, Ankara, Konya and Antalya. Antalya is awesome too.
     
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    Thanks for the suggestion! I will definitely go there, thanks to the people who will guide us...
     
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    I stayed here in Antalya. It was awesome. The building itself is a historical site. I remember that there were alot of kittens running around the property too.

    There are tons of local food merchants in the harbour. The food is amazing.

    You need to see Capadocia and the underground cities. It's amazing to see the extremes that people go through to survive.

    Ephesus is awesome.

    Try some Raki too. It's an anise flavoured liquor!

    I'm so jealous! I want to go back!
     
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    OMG! Thank you mrplow, that's a really good and practical suggestion! I will definitely think of that. :)
     
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    Have a safe trip and enjoy yourself.
     
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    Istanbul is gorgeous. The architecture makes the history tangible. Just breathtaking.

    One bit of advice not offered in this thread yet is to haggle in the markets.
    If you pay the marked price you've paid too much. What's more, the merchants seem to like you better for engaging in this time honoured tradition.

    While hunting for leather ottoman covers I finally found a colour combination I liked. Other merchants had theirs priced at 6-8 Euros, this one was 12. I mentioned the discrepancy and the following exchange occurred.
    Him - Ours are better quality.
    Me - uh huh. I'll give you 6 euros.
    Him - 10.
    Me - 6.
    Him - 9.
    Me(thinking almost to the 8 I wanted) - okay, 7.
    Him - 10.
    Me - WHAT?! You just went up again! How about this? I pay nothing and you can keep it.
    Him - Are you Turkish?

    Final price 7 euros.


    Another shop owner was pushing on me a unique leather rolling suitcase that he had priced at 200 euros. It was gorgeous but I didn't need a suitcase but he kept shaving the price down to entice the purchase. I had hoped to put a quick end to it by complaining of low finances and suggesting an insultingly low amount (40 CDN). He shook his head sadly that that would not be possible. I apologized and complimented him on his wares and left for the bus almost a block away. I wasn't seated on the bus for two minutes before he charged up the bus steps WITH the damned suitcase! He said he'd take the 40 CDN for it! OMFG, between the shock, guilt and embarrassment I gave him the 40 for the suitcase. I can't believe he made a profit from the sale so I suspect that making the sale is somehow an issue of pride over profit. Yikes.

    Start around 70% of the marked price and enjoy the haggle to somewhere in between. It'll save you some money and give you some neat stories to take home.
     
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    One seller at a market (not Istanbul) said to another seller that he was sick of making money.


    (Also, I found carefully examining an object gets them quickly dropping the price...)
     
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