Travel Blogs from Istanbul, Turkey

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Planning, planning, planning!, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Planning, planning, planning!

A travel blog entry by sojanet

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... Laura and I figured we are too tired to go out to karaoke with our friends, so we decided to just go watch tonight's game (Turkey vs. Hungary).  Hasan told us that his team's colors were blue and yellow, so we showed up wearing blue dresses... then ...

Chora Church and Fetiyeh Camii, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Chora Church and Fetiyeh Camii

A travel blog entry by sojanet

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... it.  No, they said, you must have IDs.  I was like, "Noooo, lutfen, lutfen, we are oranciyim, no money, we love Turkey!"  My friends were cracking up in the back, one tried to plead with me, and another- an art history major- was just antsy ...

Time in Turkey with More Maguires, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Time in Turkey with More Maguires

A travel blog entry by sarah

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... booked two rooms in a great hotel for two nights, so it was the softest landing weve had yet upon entering a country. Istanbul is a really beautiful place; from the airplane view of the countless mosque minarets rising above the rest of the city, to the ...

Halfway, half-time, and a pitstop, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Halfway, half-time, and a pitstop

A travel blog entry by the-rambler

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... 2014. It's the resort city/town for Russia, the southern-most, warmest, with a beach. Plan is to get a ferry to Turkey, quick bus dash to Istanbul and fly back to the coalface. Ferry turns out to be a flight of fancy. There is no such thing as the ...

Istanbul and Constantinople, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Istanbul and Constantinople

A travel blog entry by madman96

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Up bright and early for my 8am flight to Istanbul and I get to my hotel by noon.  A short walk around to get oriented with the area and I take a nap before Phin gets in.  (Phin is my camp buddy from back in the day who I ran into randomly in ...

Cairo to Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Cairo to Istanbul

A travel blog entry by sojanet

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... can it? While I was thinking through these things, the 2-hour flight was almost over.  When the plane landed in Istanbul, people started clapping.  Interesting.  Over the visa counter was a list of about 40 countries and the visa ...

Athens to Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Athens to Istanbul

A travel blog entry by yellowdragon

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... carrier: OSE hints: you will not arrive on time. the border crossing to turkey takes forever. Greek people call Istanbul "Konstantinopolus". you have to change trains at the border. ------------------------------------------------------------ ...

Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Istanbul

A travel blog entry by yellowdragon

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istanbul. city of mixture. staying with meltem and ege. feels like home. nice not to sleep on a train. relaxation. exploring the city without backpacks. can come home. can sleep in a bed. sheltered environment. we like it. baidi likes mango. gonna buy a ...

Classes, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Classes

A travel blog entry by sojanet

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... waking up each morning and starting a new adventure.  Every single day.  Egypt was just so thrilling and challenging.  Istanbul, of course, has so much to explore too, but I move with a big group of students who have different ideas of ...

BL #41: Dine At the World's Fanciest Kebab Shop, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

BL #41: Dine At the World's Fanciest Kebab Shop

A travel blog entry by pwong

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... of that massive mound of meat removing any vestiges of reason from your mind. So with today being my last full day in Turkey, I completely gave in to this evil addiction and had not one, but two different kebabs for lunch. Unfortunately for me, it seems ...

BL #40: Study the Baklava Bible, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

BL #40: Study the Baklava Bible

A travel blog entry by pwong

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... been a three or four week trip hitting up many of the major sights.  Unfortunately, this stop in Turkey will only be for two days in Istanbul - but I'll take it, especially since this visit ended up being a matter of convenience. Flights from ...

Why Did Constantinople Get the Works?, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Why Did Constantinople Get the Works?

A travel blog entry by bakkepackers

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... , road medians. The Ottoman rulers loved tulips and had them planted all over the city, and tulips have become a symbol of Turkey. Istanbul's 12 million tulips bloom in late March and early April, so, though unintentional, the timing of our visit was ...

Another scholarship! and karaoke, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Another scholarship! and karaoke

A travel blog entry by sojanet

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Hey hey hey!  I won yet another scholarship- this time from the Korean Embassy!  Apparently I am among the 110 outstanding Korean undergraduate/graduate students in the U.S. and Canada.  I should really start applying for more ...

Paulie Baba and the Taxi Thieves, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Paulie Baba and the Taxi Thieves

A travel blog entry by coryandlaura

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... by the sound of the call to prayer all over the city as we entered. The Muslim faith, the prominent  religion of Istanbul, requires that its followers pray 5 times a day. The prayer times are called out over speakers throughout the city. To me ...

Turkish Delights, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Turkish Delights

A travel blog entry by tracystravels

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... to take alternative routes at times to avoid running into someone  have told  will see later...etc.  Turkey and specifically Istanbul is much more secular than many of the other places  have visited.  Still hear multiple ...

Aya Sofya (Hagia Sophia), Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Aya Sofya (Hagia Sophia)

A travel blog entry by lucywillson

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... , Dave! An exotic birthday two years in a row now - last year in the Ecuadorian Andes, this year in the historic heart of Istanbul... The Hagia Sophia, or the Aya Sofya as it's known here, was the first place we went to after breakfast. At 9.30, the place ...

From Europe to Asia, twice, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

From Europe to Asia, twice

A travel blog entry by jeroen

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... in the Netherlands and saying goodbye to friends both there and in Prague, my trip started properly at Prague airport, with my flight to Istanbul. The Turkish Airlines flight to Delhi does not connect, so they put travellers up in a hotel just to keep the ...

Our First Few Days in Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Our First Few Days in Istanbul

A travel blog entry by jackdrury

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... Toronto and twice a minute being approached by a shopkeeper wanting to sell you a case of maple syrup. A back and forth in Istanbul might go something like: "Hello sir, today business is terrible. I eat only bread." as the carpet man good-naturedly ...

Toutville, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Toutville

A travel blog entry by byrnedm

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Completing the loop, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Completing the loop

A travel blog entry by byrnedm

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Kaleidoscopic, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Kaleidoscopic

A travel blog entry by byrnedm

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Chapter 44:

Chapter 44: "My friend owns a carpet shop..."

A travel blog entry by easyread

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... Sudan hung out. Must have been a fascinating scene back in the day... I left the palace with a new enthusiasm for Istanbul and Turkey in general, so I headed to the Hippodrome, which is now a track-shaped road with some ancient obelisks and pillars in ...

Maguires in Turkey, Oh My!!, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Maguires in Turkey, Oh My!!

A travel blog entry by philthy

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... and marble as far as the eye can see. After day 2 in Istanbul we caught a night bus out of Istanbul to Efesus (Efes). Our first bus in Turkey and I must say I was impressed. They run more like airplanes, serving coffee and snacks; the only snag was ...

Istanbul., Istanbul and Silivri, Turkey travel blog

Istanbul.

A travel blog entry by stevefn

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A work trip to ...

Turkey - The land of Bread........, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Turkey - The land of Bread........

A travel blog entry by antandrel

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... very regimented and they expected you to follow the sheep, where as Nazza and I like to try to get off the beaten track. Istanbul was good, Narelle had a Turkish bath (Narelle to insert story...) and we had some great pasta, Basically we waxed too much ...

Whatever You Want It to Be, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Whatever You Want It to Be

A travel blog entry by lraleigh

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... outside. The same was true for the Blue Mosque, with its elegance. All in all, I stayed in Istanbul about ten days before and after traveling around Turkey. The Euro2008 football matches were in full swing, with Turkey as a contender, so many eyes ...

Farewell Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Farewell Istanbul

A travel blog entry by tracystravels

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Finally saying goodbye for good to Istanbul..at least for this trip I think.  Off to Cairo tomorrow...Can honestly say that aside from a ferry up the Bosphorous to see the Black Sea...I have seen most all of this city...at least the ...

Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Istanbul

A travel blog entry by jennykelly

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... got the message loud and clear. 10 kilometers down the road we made our breakfast before braving the peak hour traffic into Istanbul. It was a squeeze of traffic coming into town. Feeder roads caused organized mayhem and we had to stand our ground and ...

Finally... a plan, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Finally... a plan

A travel blog entry by byrnedm

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Merhaba, Would you like to buy a carpet?, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Merhaba, Would you like to buy a carpet?

A travel blog entry by coryandlaura

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... become special to you immediately. The men in Develi Spice shop and the ones at Omar's are topping that list here in Turkey. After stuffing ourselves and getting a little tipsy we started to stroll in the direction of the cistern. We were diverted by ...

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