Travel Blogs from Istanbul, Turkey

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Whats the deal with the blue Evil Eye?, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Whats the deal with the blue Evil Eye?

A travel blog entry by worldtraveler2

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... nbsp; To combat it, eyes are made to reflect the evil back to the originator.  And of course, I bought a couple. Arriving in Istanbul was completely different from the last time I was there in 1987.  The roads were clean and flowers were planted ...

Of taxis and tea, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Of taxis and tea

A travel blog entry by guykb

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... . I had the feeling he had no idea where to take us, even though the map clearly showed us right next to one of Istanbul's landmarks, the Galata Tower. The man clearly had a mucus problem, and he snorted and snuffled his way out of the airport. The ...

Ready for departure?, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Ready for departure?

A travel blog entry by charlotte

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... Here are some words from me to you about my time in IStanbul: Trainee: Charlotte Evelyn Joyce Traineeship: Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey Loves: Cherry juice 'vişne suyu' & smoking water pipe 'Nargile' Hates: Those crazy taxi ...

Looking back with fond memories to time in Turkey, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Looking back with fond memories to time in Turkey

A travel blog entry by charlotte

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... the monastery in Sri Lanka did not accept me and then IBM in China; I had my third choice and offered to me was Istanbul in Turkey - a contract for nine months. Suzan was so excited, telling me all about Istanbul and she just simply said you will love it ...

Istanbul, the end, no its not, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Istanbul, the end, no its not

A travel blog entry by uncle_davros

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... ignoring the fourth, hoping that I would never see them again. Hailing a taxi, we asked to be taken into the backpacker area of Istanbul, Sultanahmet. As soon as we had jumped out of the cab, we were accosted by men, wanting us to see their hotels. We ...

Constantinople..., Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Constantinople...

A travel blog entry by canaussie

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... in the emotional road that was Eastern Europe, we can't tell you how relieving it was to arrive in the revelation that is Turkey. Istanbul is a city of beautiful extremes, from the ancient to the modern to the delicious.  In Istanbul it is quite ...

Turks, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Turks

A travel blog entry by uncle_davros

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... . Swapping stories and telling each other what we were going to do. She was ok, so we let her stay !!! Eventually, we pulled into Istanbul. She had a room booked, as usual, we didn't. However, we were grabbed and led away. The guy wanted 50 Euros. I told ...

On My Deathbed, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

On My Deathbed

A travel blog entry by shyoungstr

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Nearly each destination seems to great me with a new sickness. Tonight I arrived in Istanbul with a 24-hour flu and a terrible stomach virus. Hamza, the CSer hosting me tonight in Istanbul met me at the ferry station in Kadikoy after I arrived via plane, ...

Did someone say Gobble Gobble?, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Did someone say Gobble Gobble?

A travel blog entry by jrcormack

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... to 120! 20 mins later we get to Taxim Square - our Turkey House for the next couple of nights. There is an Istanbul buzz, people everywhere, smells (some good, some rather not) and people everywhere. We attempt to not look like tourists (which we ...

"Gastronomic Orgasm"

A travel blog entry by djchurch

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... . Recommended. I'll admit, I don't have a lot of Turkish yet. The funny thing are my "thank you"s. When I last visited Istanbul, in an attempt to remember the Turkish phrase for thank you, and it's approximate pronunciation, I came up with the word ...

Hosçakal (Goodbye) Turkey, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Hosçakal (Goodbye) Turkey

A travel blog entry by charlotte

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... , not sure if that is a good combination!? Tomorrow will go to a place called Sile, on the north coast outside of Istanbul to swim in the beautiful Turkey blue sea and soak up the sun's rays one more time and on Sunday should be going to Edirne a city ...

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 ...

Epilogue, Istanbul, Turkey travel blog

Epilogue

A travel blog entry by muratcan

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... losing track of reality. The leap from the orphanage in Nakuru to my house in Kemerburgaz (one of the up-scale suburbs of Istanbul) has been so great that there is a disconnect between my past and present experiences. Therefore, one of them has to be ...

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 ...

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