Travel Blogs from Istanbul, Turkey

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Falling into routines (a boring entry), Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Falling into routines (a boring entry)

A travel blog entry by sojanet

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So I have been in Istanbul for 2 weeks now. About daily life... My sleep schedule is great now, as I am waking up at 8:00am every morning. The last time I woke up this early on a regular basis was junior year in high school. Our dorm offers free ...

YMCA even in Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

YMCA even in Istanbul

A travel blog entry by charlotte

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Merhaba all, Wow where can I start this place is culturally so different to the typical Turkey I thought I was coming to! Istanbul is a very much a normal cultural European city, I mean they even dance to YMCA in the night clubs! It is very beautiful ...

Cevahir: Europe's Biggest Mall, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Cevahir: Europe's Biggest Mall

A travel blog entry by sojanet

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Cevahir Mall (Sisli station) Sisli was only a few stops away from the dorm, but we had to transfer twice!  A tram to Kabatash, a metro to Taksim, and a train to Sisli station.  We were not happy about having to pay an additional fee for each ...

Let's all GO ALL OUT, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Let's all GO ALL OUT

A travel blog entry by sojanet

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... wine, and desserts.  The bill came out to 340 ytl, haha!  It was easily the best meal we have ever had in Istanbul.  I could have eaten anything on the menu!  Thanks, mom and dad. After resting our bellies for a bit, I had another ...

Turkish Trails, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Turkish Trails

A travel blog entry by crystalwaitekus

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... Israel.   After two more overnight buses, I was happy to spend my final days meeting six friends of friends in Istanbul.  I enjoyed rich Turkish cuisine, burned it off with a belly dancing class and asked so many questions about head scarves, ...

First real weekend!, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

First real weekend!

A travel blog entry by sojanet

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Yet another 8-hour Christoff tour, Princes' Islands, birthday celebration, and Dolmabache ...

All shopped out, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

All shopped out

A travel blog entry by guykb

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Another full day in the wonderful city of Istanbul. The day started early with the call to prayer at 5am or thereabouts. Jess got up early and at 6.30 headed out with the kids to visit our local bakery. She had a great time chatting with the proprietors ...

Istanbul - Sultan Ahmet Mosque., Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Istanbul - Sultan Ahmet Mosque.

A travel blog entry by heatheravan

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... on a cruise up the Bosphorus waterway to see Istanbul from the water. we then visited the famous Blue Mosque and the bazaars before getting ready to take a night bus to Cappadocia. Footnote: The Historic Areas of Istanbul are UNESCO World Heritage ...

Baklava, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Baklava

A travel blog entry by uncle_davros

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... to Murat's to pick up my carpets. Zonth gave him his box of baklava and he told us that this was in fact the best baklava in Istanbul !!!   And then it was time to go   And Finally   It was good to go back to Istanbul, but not on a ...

A series of unfortunate events, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

A series of unfortunate events

A travel blog entry by guykb

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... , but the boat was pretty empty and seating was not a problem. We sat outside and our reward was a moving panorama of Istanbul waterfront property. It was amazing just how far along the coastline on the Asian side the high rise apartments stretch. Lots of ...

Kid-speak, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Kid-speak

A travel blog entry by 3beansabroad

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... and my mom noticed that people were surprised that Alex, Josh and I could walk so well, so we guessed that most people in Istanbul don't learn to swim at a young ages.  The swimming area was a beautiful park filled with pine trees and the swimming ...

Departure day (sorry its late - no internet), Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Departure day (sorry its late - no internet)

A travel blog entry by tommy

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... two are Aussıes?' They were Kıwıs... but I managed to salvage a brıef conversatıon. Arrıved ın Istanbul at 11pm and found where I was supposed to be. After much confusıon and a chat wıth a couple of ...

Last day in Istanbul..., Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Last day in Istanbul...

A travel blog entry by sojanet

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... .  No grand finale.  I shall, however, write a long reflection essay about my experience in Turkey, especially regarding intercultural interactions.  My relationship with Turks have been marked by miscommunication galore.  I feel ...

Brit speaking funny Turkish, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Brit speaking funny Turkish

A travel blog entry by charlotte

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... of the time). Had previously met my Turk friend Sedef and told her about my parents coming and she kindly gave me a magazine on Istanbul that was unfortunately in Turkish. So took my seat on the metro with the oversized magazine on my lap. Typical looking ...

The Middle East: parting thoughts, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

The Middle East: parting thoughts

A travel blog entry by technotrekker

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... East seem to preclude even the basics. Jordan was about the only place I noticed even elementary consideration for third parties. Turkey, by far the most sophisticated society and who is being considered for inclusion in the EU shortly, is absolutely ...

Last full day in Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Last full day in Istanbul

A travel blog entry by 3beansabroad

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Yes, we are starting to lose steam. Today our plan was not very ambitious. We only had the Istanbul Archeology Museum left on our to-do list. We also needed to come up with a way to get the the airport on the Asian side of the city in time for our ...

Istanbul Otopark, Kaducoy, Turkey travel blog

Istanbul Otopark

A travel blog entry by jennykelly

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... high rise apartment buildings all looking pretty much the same, although, to be fair, the ones closest to the heart of Istanbul were a little more individual. There are many bush fire warning signs on the highways as there are large areas of pine ...

Politics, Ramadam, Rules, FAQ, Guy Fawkes..., Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Politics, Ramadam, Rules, FAQ, Guy Fawkes...

A travel blog entry by charlotte

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... , so I am watching a bit as I live in a boys dorm, Galatarasay are of course very good and the team from Istanbul, Besiktas is who I should support...but we are already talking about the game between England and Turkey I think in April and they think they ...

Second-to-last day.  The countdown begins, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Second-to-last day. The countdown begins

A travel blog entry by 3beansabroad

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Today we went to the palace. It was all beautiful. There were flowers, green gras,and the person who designed it was the man who designed the Paris Opera house. When we toured the palace there were huge, expensive chandeliers in each room, a christal ...

It's not funny, they are all maniacs (The Turks), Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

It's not funny, they are all maniacs (The Turks)

A travel blog entry by charlotte

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... in Kasimpasa, even the driver asked me and I said 'Bilmiyorum', I do not know. On this 'slight' detour I saw a part of Istanbul I hadn't seen before, so now two new things in one day (the first was going inside Yeni Camii). Arriving at Besiktas stadium, ...

Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Istanbul

A travel blog entry by sharadnsusan

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... few fundamentalists, whereas the rest of the Middle East was backwards. From our own observations, Turkey is definitly where east meets west, and just as Istanbul literally straddles two continents, the Turkish people are definitly at the crossroads of a ...

THE PARK IN ISTANBUL, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

THE PARK IN ISTANBUL

A travel blog entry by modernoddyseus

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... character, and I may never write his name again.  ... Actually - one more time, at this story's end. Once I got to Istanbul (two Swiss girls and I hitchhiked the last ten kilometers to the historic center together, from a toll booth), I wrote in my ...

Joshasaurus, Princess Kate and Mr. Mouse, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Joshasaurus, Princess Kate and Mr. Mouse

A travel blog entry by 3beansabroad

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Josh: Istanbul was Constantinople. Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople. If I was a melting snowman, I could still go to school...in a thermos. Bu-dum-cha! Thank you, thank you. Now for the blog. We woke up and went to Topkapi Palace, the sultan's ...

Cagaloglu Hamami, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Cagaloglu Hamami

A travel blog entry by guykb

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... this it was time to steel myself and head to the hammam. The one I had chosen was Cagaloglu Hamami, perhaps the most famous in Istanbul, maybe even the world. It is 300 years old and is featured in the book '1000 places to see before you die.' I ...

East and West - Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

East and West - Istanbul

A travel blog entry by mightylongway

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... available space of grass. We are pretty sure most of the cities 12 million citizens were there! A lot of our time in Istanbul was spend wandering around the huge Grand Bazaar, with over 4500 shops tempting us with final souveniers. We inevitably got ...

Istanbul (not constantinople) - another for ..., Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Istanbul (not constantinople) - another for ...

A travel blog entry by catmoj

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... the excuse that I was married to the crazy Scot. "Mario, you're not even vaguely tempting" I replied. Harsh.......... but fair. Istanbul in July is horribly hot and there is little respite from the heat. It was an excuse to indulge in that ...

And now a few words from Kate and Josh, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

And now a few words from Kate and Josh

A travel blog entry by 3beansabroad

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... one for 3YTL. For the whole day I noticed that there were an insane amount of stray cats and kittens roaming the streets of Istanbul. I wanted to pat and feed each and every one of them because they were so scrawny, but I couldn't pet them because of ...

Spring, Eurovision and Besiktas football, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Spring, Eurovision and Besiktas football

A travel blog entry by charlotte

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Spring came suddenly to Turkey, now in Istanbul the sun is shining wonderfully and finally I see the sun in Turkey. After all the snow and rain for months, the weather is making up for it. Istanbul looks different in lots of ways now it is being shone ...

Last photos in Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Last photos in Istanbul

A travel blog entry by charlotte

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Hey all guys, greetings from the UK. I have loaded some last photographs from Turkey, with a whiff of sentimentality...and yes it is raining here! Cok optum to all ...

Dolmabahçe Palace, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Dolmabahçe Palace

A travel blog entry by guykb

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... of his death 69 years ago. Either way it was a quite touching reminder of the reverence with which Attaturk is viewed here in Turkey. After our palace visit Jess went with girls to visit Taksim square and I headed off on a different ...

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