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    Wana Ursiripant
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    5 Jun 05, 2013

    One of most favourite city in my traveling list. Modern and old cultural in the same city. A plenty of places must have to visit. So I enjoy every moment in Istanbul. Even now the weather is no stable or some situation is difficult for traveling.

    Staying around Sultanahmet old city is better than other places in Istanbul. You can walk around many attractions. A ton of restaurant both local and international food included coffee shops. Also you can walk to shopping at Grand Bazaar. You can enjoy along the marmara sea, it's not far from old city area too.

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    Milton Faro
    5 May 15, 2013

    The first thing that took my attention to the Turkey capital was the turkish kindness. People from Turkey are known as being a very good dealer. But they do business in a very gentle way. While visiting shops, expect them to bring you a cup of tea, a nice coffee or, at least, a glass of water. They don't argue while doing business and it's very confortable way of buying carpets, turkish lights, spices, soaps, etc. Istanbul is also a very nice city. Take the sightseeing bus and visit as much as you can: the Blue Mosque is impressive. But seeing others mosques on the way it's awesome!

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  • Istanbul
    Hannu Kokko
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    5 May 09, 2013

    Visited Istanbul first time this spring. What an amazing place. Photogenic on the superb level of Hong Kong, New York and Kyoto - a treasure for photographers. Still very different in feel - so friendly people, so great food. Ferries, bridges, trams and you can walk to most of the places. Best area to stay is in Sultanahmet which has most of the old sites.

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    Tigalina
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    5 May 06, 2013

    I really really enjoyed my stay in Istanbul. It's such an awesome, vibrant, colorful city. And the cityscape is just beautiful with all the mosques and the Bosporus.

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    Barbara Kossy
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    5 May 05, 2013

    Istanbul is a big city full of the best of the ancient and modern worlds. You can visit the old center for gorgeous mosques and the Roman Cistern, or you can go to the Modern Art Museum in the new part of the city. There's lots of moderately priced lodging and great food. Always something to do.

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    panda
    5 Apr 19, 2013

    Amazing city with countless years of history. Whether you're here for a week or a year, you can be guaranteed not to be bored.

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    Ronelle
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    5 Apr 07, 2013

    Beautiful city! Don't be afraid to go, it is well worth the adventure. The only worry may be the weight that is gained because the food is just THAT good.

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    Niels Jensen
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    4 Mar 31, 2013

    There are things that want me to give Istanbul only 3 stars, but then I think about the kind and friendly behaviour of the Turkish people and the uniqueness of many of the mosques and other attractions. I think my high rating comes from our (my travel group) desire to try a plethora of things in the city, including an authentic turkish bath with massage. When you are open to experience the richness of the Istanbul culture and activities you will see that this is a pretty cool city.

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  • Istanbul
    Yuri Naru
    4 Mar 27, 2013

    Place to stay is thumbs up " Marmara palace " or " marmara hotel" Cause that is the place oriental express guest stayed after the all the trip. The end of west(europe),beggining of the east(asia). View is awesome you can see all the town from the lounge upstairs. Gotta visit bebek city and topkapi palace.

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    NYC Photo Safari
    5 Mar 15, 2013

    Perhaps one of the most amazing cities out there. Lots to see and do. The food is great. The people are nice. The history is intreguing.

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    Milos Vincic
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    5 Mar 13, 2013

    Definetely one of the most beautiful cities I've visited in my life. Good thing in Istanbul is that you have almost everything what's worth of seeing in just a few miles. I didn't go to Dolmabahce palace and it's only important place that I missed in my first visit to Istanbul. You must see Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Galata Tower, main pedestrian street (Istiklal street). Don't forget to go on bosphorus cruise tour. Have a nice trip to Istanbul :D

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    r r
    5 Mar 13, 2013

    Istanbul is a very famous city for its Ottoman culture.
    One side of this city is in Aisa, and the other side is in Europe. It is a wonderful place to spend your vacation to experiance the Turkish culture, food, weather, and civilization.

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    Celeny Da Silva
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    5 Feb 03, 2013

    Istanbul is exotic, vibrant and very romantic! Its several Byzantine churches, Ottoman palaces, ostentatious mosques & souqs makes for an unique eclectic landscape. Do shop: at the spice market & the bazaar. Do visit: The blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and the Cistern. Do Drink: Turkish Coffee. I absolutely love the city!

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  • IstanbulPro 2014
    Travis Katz
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    5 Feb 03, 2013

    Imagine a Eurasian version of San Francisco, with 3 Golden Gate bridges, a skyline defined by minarets and mosque domes and you have Istanbul. A city of contradictions, Istanbul straddles 2 continents, is both as modern and cosmopolitan as any European capital but is also steeped in history. The people are enchantingly friendly, the food is superb and the sites can keep you busy for weeks. One of my favorite cities in the world!

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    Leigh Virkus
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    5 Jan 25, 2013

    This city is much more than we realized. We came on a cruise ship but docked within walking distance of many of the main tourist sites including the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Market. Walking around at night was magical. The people are very proud of their country and it shows in their attitudes and friendliness. We would like to come back and spend at least a week here to really experience the total package.

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    world rover
    2 Dec 28, 2012

    I'd consider searching the web for a tour company that would commence a tour from the airport at about 5:00 am. City routes are complex, often crowded. Tour guides know their way around; just tell them what sites you want to see.

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  • Istanbul
    Melissa Smart
    5 Dec 26, 2012

    I really enjoyed Istanbul. The city is clean, walkable and has lots of sights to see. I found the best place to stay was in a more traditional neighbourhood like Fatih, the people are super friendly and the food is good and cheap. The closer you get to the tourist areas, the price goes up and the quality goes down. Public transportation is really easy to navigate, making exploring further than the usual tourist areas a must if you have some time. I will return!

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    Ally Wu
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    5 Dec 26, 2012

    Istanbul is a magical city. It is a mix of old and new, the East and the West. I am a big fan of the mosques in Sultanahmet area. I also had ton of fun wandering through the maze of Grand Bazaar. Your trip is not complete without experiencing the night life at Taksim. Though so exotic, I can totally see myself living in this massive city.

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    Kemal Ateş
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    5 Dec 20, 2012

    Bu şehri anlatmak yeterli olmayabilir. Bu şehri en az 2 hafta kadar gezerek anlayabilirsiniz. Çok farklı duygular hissettiriyor insana. Kelimelere sığdırmak çok zor fakat trafik sorunu sizi sıkan bir konu olabilir. Çünkü trafik çok yoruyor insanı. Ama camileri, müzeleri, boğazı, tarihi yapıları, doğallığı, denizi ve kız kulesi ile size unutamayacağınız bir deneyim yaşatabilir

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  • Istanbul
    Pasquale Iannino Jr.
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    5 Dec 10, 2012

    On your way past the Blue Mosque and the Aya Sophia Mosque you will stumble upon a small street with a few rug shops. Stop in to CKM Fine Carpets and see my friend Cuma. He has amazing hand woven items you will love! Also stop over at the Golden Horn for your finest leather wear. Ask for Turker and enjoy some tea or coffee while you wait! They both speak English Very well!

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Historically, Istanbul has acted as the meeting place of eastern and western culture and the sight of countless power struggles throughout history, and today remains as one of the world’s greatest cultural landmarks. Straddling the Bosphorus strait connecting the Sea of Marmara with the Black Sea, the city formerly known as Constantinople and Byzantium still stands as the metaphorical bridge ... read more
between Europe and Asia. Witness the transformation of history in Sultanahmet Square within the Old City district, where two of the world's most impressive buildings -- the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque -- dominate the landscape with their minarets piercing the skyline. The nearby Topkapı Palace exudes the grandeur of its previous residents, the Ottoman sultans. Shop at over 4,000 stalls and through 550 years of history in the Grand Bazaar. Scrub away a year's worth of grit at a hamam, the Turkish bathhouses known for turning out hordes of extremely clean and relaxed patrons. Istanbul's restaurants are legendary, but you hardly need go inside; street food (döner kabobs) is deliciously stationed everywhere. New stylish hotels in the Old City have laid a new layer of hip sophistication to this impossibly old city.

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