Hotel Antik Ipek

Kumkapi Cifte Gelinler Cad. 39, Eminönü, Istanbul, Turkey
Hotel Antik Ipek
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Avylik to Lesbos Island (Greece)

by hudson1425


I will be in Avylik on November 25 and would like
to visit Lebos Island (Greece), staying there for
a night

Will there be ferry service at that time and what are
be the recommended accomodations on the Island? Also, I'm travelling
with a U.S. Passport - is there any visa requirement?

Thanks very much,


Re: Avylik to Lesbos Island (Greece)

by leics

Grece is part of the EU Schengen area.

As a US citizen you do not need a Schengen visa if you are not staying in the Schengen area for more than 90 days.

Re: Avylik to Lesbos Island (Greece)

by leics

For ferry information look at

and here:

and here:

Ferries are not as frequent outside the summer months.

Have a look at the VT Lesbos travel guide for tips on accommodation etc:

Re: Avylik to Lesbos Island (Greece)

by hudson1425

Thanks so much :)!


Re: Avylik to Lesbos Island (Greece)

by Sirvictor

There are every day greek or Turkish feries between the two places. The islanders come to Ayvalık every day to buy their consumes.Because the island is expenciver then Ayvalık. It takes sirca 45 minutes.

Re: Avylik to Lesbos Island (Greece)

by ozalp

Jale Tour is the company you look for. The have a Lesbos ride every evening from Ayvalik and they return to Ayvalik every morning.

Travel Tips for Istanbul

When visiting Istambul, you...

by Allegri

When visiting Istambul, you must you can't miss sundown view of the Golden Horn, by the bridge that links the european to the Asian area. The sound of the muezzin calling people to prayer, and the view of the thousands minarets.

Bosphorus Straits..

by Erkmen

... probably the best landscaped waterway on earth..

The Bosphorus straits separates Asiatic Turkey from European Turkey and links the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara leading out to the Mediterranean. The Straits is 19 miles (30 km) long, with a maximum width of 2.3 miles (3.7 km.) at the northern entrance and a minimum width of 2,450 ft. (750 meters).

An estimated 4,000 ships currently pass through the Straits in any given month, including three tankers daily.. And a city with 14 million people lives adjacent to these straits.. The potential for environmental disaster on the Straits is too high and Danger for human life is a main concern.. we dont want any "Exxon waldez" Crashes to be occure on the straits..

The two sides of Bosphorus is connected with two Bridges.. The First Bridge constructed on 1973 and called as the Bosphorus Bridge and the second bridge, to the Black sea side is called the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge ("Conqueror Sultan Mehmed).. Both bridges are made of steel by Japan engineers and lays 1065 and 1090 meters respectively..

From the back

by manuelEB

Why women can not talk to God from the front rows...
There is a nice explanation that I will tell. A bad muslim(as he himself proclaimed it), my guide, told me about...

-Imagine you have a perfect lady in front of you. Think in someone like Geisha_Girl and imagine her in her ejem-boots. Now, tell me: Are you going to concentrate in the religious matters, or will you just ejem her in your imagination?.
To avoid such a conflict of interest, the ladies have to pray behind...Solomonic decision!

But I still have to ask Oiran about her opinion. And to a good muslim for a more accurate explanation.


by mightywease

Nestled under the shadow of the Bosphorus Bridge is Ortakoy an attractive neighbourhood of narrow cobbled streets lined with cafes and shops which, across the busy road, heads upwards to a more residential area of apartments and houses. Here we spent a pleasant hour or so strolling around losing ourselves among the houses and glimpsing views across to the Bosphorus Bridge all under the watchful eye of the many neighbourhood cats.

The main square of Ortakoy, Iskele Meydani, is on the waterfront and, like the warren of streets leading to it, contains a number of cafes and restaurants, quiet on the rather damp October morning when we visited but, I imagine, bustling in the evening oron a warm summer day.

At the side of the square and jutting into the water is the Mecidiye Mosque built in 1854 for Sultan Abdul Mecit. The architect was Nikogos Balyan who with his father designed the Dolmabache Palace. Unfortunately the mosque was not open so we couldn’t view inside but its square doom-topped shape and two slender minarets are extremely attractive. It is also interesting to counterpoint this with the modern architecture of the Bosphorous – or Ataturk - Bridge, completed on 29th October 1973 the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Turkish Republic. The two do seem to complement each other, the profile of the suspension tower of the bridge echoing the minarets of the Mosque, another example of the Istanbul’s melding of ancient and modern.

Buses 22, 22R, 25E and 30D go from Eminonu to Ortakoy

Don't forget to buy an "evil eye"

by tere1

This typical turkish amulet is available for you to buy anywhere. Turkish people believe that with the evil eye amulet you will be protected and all the bad energy will be directed to the amulet and it will brake. No bad energy will reach you since you are protected with the amulet.

You can buy an "evil eye" in all forms, necklaces, bracelets, key chains, big evil eyes to put hang on your door, small ones to put in your cars, pendants, etc.

It somewhat resembles an eye and it is said the typical blue color is a factor in protecting the user. They make nice and inexpensive gifts to bring home to your family and friends.


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