Travel Blogs from Istanbul, Turkey

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Cold rice pudding and coloured teas, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Cold rice pudding and coloured teas

A travel blog entry by pollyandmikey

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Another sunny start in Istanbul. Mum and Dad found their way to the hostel (they have this part of Istanbul cracked now) and off we all set for another day of exploring this fascinating city.  We decided that the spice market would be a good starter ...

Exploring Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Exploring Istanbul

A travel blog entry by wickens

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... repetition of the patterns that you see on everything from buildings, to textiles, to paintings.   The crowds and traffic in Istanbul were something else today, mostly tour groups from the cruise ships lined up in the harbour.  We counted 6 - ...

My return visit to Istanbul for one week, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

My return visit to Istanbul for one week

A travel blog entry by charlotte

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MY return trip to Istanbul for just eight days, it was emotional but ...

Blinded by Bosphorus Beauty, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Blinded by Bosphorus Beauty

A travel blog entry by pollyandmikey

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... so much better than heavy traffic.  In Sariyer we sensed we were heading the right way.  The map of Turkey was now pretty useless as Istanbul was just a big blob.  We sat down outside a bakery and within seconds a guy was upon us asking ...

Leaving Istanbul tonIght, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Leaving Istanbul tonIght

A travel blog entry by alinmattrtw2005

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We have enjoyed a fabulous week here In Istanbul, the weather has been around 35 - 37C, so its very hot as you can imagine! Yesterday we were talking to a local who said that down on the coast its 45!! On Tuesday we visited the Topkapi palace and the ...

Sad Sunday Farewells, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Sad Sunday Farewells

A travel blog entry by pollyandmikey

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We made our way over to Hotel Darusaade to say goodbye to Mum and Dad. We had spent the early morning chatting with Graham and Robin, our new New Zealand friends.  We look forward to catching up with them in Napier in a few months time.  Pols ...

Alex, Live from Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Alex, Live from Istanbul

A travel blog entry by 3beansabroad

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... ; we took a ferry too. I saw some other ships, but mostly just water. We went to Europe from Asia. Anyway, now I am in Istanbul. It's a big open city. It's also crowded. The Grand Bazaar is there too. I bought two new shirts and a pants today. We ...

Istanbul Day 1.5, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Istanbul Day 1.5

A travel blog entry by 3beansabroad

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... little soccer outfit and a red t-shirt that looks like the Turkish flag. Josh's has a nanzar bonjuk on it with "Istanbul" underneath. I picked up a comprehensive Turkish/English dictionary for about $7.50. After that, we had lunch and then people fell ...

Reached my Limit of One Sight a Day, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Reached my Limit of One Sight a Day

A travel blog entry by shyoungstr

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Last night Martin agreed to ditch his psychology conference and join me for a tour of the Hagia Sofia. We spent a couple of hours just admiring this seven wonder of the world. It was actually the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand ...

Living the Life of Oz, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Living the Life of Oz

A travel blog entry by shyoungstr

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Today I met up with Oz again, jumping at the opportunity to go with him to his fancy sports club and get in a workout. After a fast paced four mile run, he put me through a leg workout. Which back in LA would still hurt but nothing compared to what I ...

Prince Island, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Prince Island

A travel blog entry by shyoungstr

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... route. After some chatting, Oz encouraged me to take advantage of the day and go see Prince Island, a must see before I leave Istanbul. I made my way there easy enough and was thrilled that he insisted I went. The boat ride took about one hour, 10 ...

Out of the eastern bloc, into Turkey, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Out of the eastern bloc, into Turkey

A travel blog entry by gtrob

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... it through the border unscathed. I eventually met up with Brian, one of the guys I met in Prague who happen to be in Istanbul while I was, found the hotel, unpacked, etc. The hotel was amazing, and definitely far better than I need or deserve. First ...

All the Key Sights, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

All the Key Sights

A travel blog entry by shyoungstr

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... Kadikoy to shower, pack a bag and return to Kurucesme in time for the Ricky Martin concert. Of course "rushing" doesn't work in Istanbul. The commute to Kadikoy was a mere 1 hour effort until I figured out the ferry and finding Hamza’s apartment on ...

Can and Cem (pronounced Jon and Gem), Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Can and Cem (pronounced Jon and Gem)

A travel blog entry by shyoungstr

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... to make or receive calls. I would’ve been better off not registering the phone until 24 hours before returning to Istanbul since I wasn’t making any calls while floating at sea but who knew. Luckily in Taksim there is no shortage of internet ...

The Hassle of Turkish Men, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

The Hassle of Turkish Men

A travel blog entry by kimberlysarna

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... unsuccessfully shopped) until I couldn't walk anymore. Overall, I could have done without so much time in Istanbul. There seems to be endless great things to do in Turkey, which I'd like to come back for. But, a day in Istanbul is enough for ...

100 Days of Solitude, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

100 Days of Solitude

A travel blog entry by muratcan

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... little; wore the same clothes every day and stayed in neighborhoods that would be considered ghetto with respect to Istanbul standards. I am convinced that I am capable of adapting. Finally, reading and writing have been as essential, as ...

Onward to Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Onward to Istanbul

A travel blog entry by romero

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... is all quite good as well. After checking in and dropping our bags, we set off to do a little exploring. Istanbul is BEAUTIFUL! I learned that Turkey is the only country in the world that spans two continents - how cool is that? We are staying ...

Shopping Istanbul Style!!! Largest Mall in Europe, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Shopping Istanbul Style!!! Largest Mall in Europe

A travel blog entry by romero

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... that???   Anyways, I dropped off my new clothes at the hotel and found out that the largest mall in Europe is located in Istanbul. As soon as Andrea heard about it she was determined to be a patron. Not to mention that to her that is a legitimate ...

Istanbul - Ramadan in the Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Istanbul - Ramadan in the Blue Mosque

A travel blog entry by kimberlysarna

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... themselves, other than during Ramadan, which happens to be now. But I just didn't see woman ANY where - atleast not in Goreme - Istanbul, yes. ANYway) I asked for help and was told the Mosque was closed for the call to prayer and closed to the public, ...

Whirling Dervish and Church, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Whirling Dervish and Church

A travel blog entry by romero

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... and said "I no harm you" I instinctively pushed him away and he got the picture real fast. Given today's events I wonder HOW SAFE IS ISTANBUL REALLY??? It looks modern and safe but I guess you never know. All I know it really turned me off and I think I'd ...

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 ...

Asian-Istanbul and the Turkish Bath Experience..., Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Asian-Istanbul and the Turkish Bath Experience...

A travel blog entry by romero

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... the water over to Asia. We really had no idea what would be over there, but we figured we couldn't really experience Istanbul unless we experienced both continents! The ferry was quite cheap and easy, and the views were just incredible. Have I mentioned ...

Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Palace and a show, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Palace and a show

A travel blog entry by romero

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... tap our feet to the beat very well! We hung out here for a few hours, just enjoying the cheap beer, music, and overall ambiance. We LOVE Istanbul!  Anyway, after a long night, we are headed off to bed. Good night everyone!! Love, Andrea and ...

Hi all things in istanbul are going well ..., Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Hi all things in istanbul are going well ...

A travel blog entry by gdrenfrew

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hi all things in istanbul are going well. lots of things to see and do. spent a lot of time just wndering about thre markets etc. spent yesterday at the Topkapi Palace where the sultans used to live, which was pretty cool. Great building/ ...

Turkey!, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Turkey!

A travel blog entry by extremelife

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The bus ride from Sofia, Bulgaria to Istanbul, Turkey was by far the nicest transportation I have had on this tour around the world so far. They served me Turkish tea and snacks the whole way. There was digital television mounted in the head rest of every ...

Home, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Home

A travel blog entry by muratcan

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Hi all things in istanbul are going well ..., Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Hi all things in istanbul are going well ...

A travel blog entry by gdrenfrew

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hi all things in istanbul are going well. lots of things to see and do. spent a lot of time just wndering about thre markets etc. spent yesterday at the Topkapi Palace where the sultans used to live, which was pretty cool. Great building/ ...

Gateway between Europe and Asia, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Gateway between Europe and Asia

A travel blog entry by jag

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... hectic days to get around some of the main sights of Istanbul. We had an awesome drive through the highways leading into Istanbul at night with the 4 lane motorways stretching fading off into the distance with thousands of cars. We stayed right beside the ...

East and West: Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

East and West: Istanbul

A travel blog entry by triskele

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... can spend hours in there looking at everything. Especially cause there are so many rooms and buildings to the museum. The weather in Istanbul seemed a lot cooler than the rest of the area but that is because there is less humidity. It was nice to take ...

Istanbul - Day 2, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Istanbul - Day 2

A travel blog entry by shaanandkate

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We woke up, made our own Turkish breakfast with cheese, bread, fruit, and coffee.  We walked to Sultanahmet and saw the Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia) which was stunning from the inside.  We especially liked how it housed both Muslim and Christian ...

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