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Kucuk Ayasofya Cad. No: 84, Fatih, Istanbul, 34400, Turkey
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Public libraries with CD's in Istanbul

by song99

Which public libraries in the Istanbul area have Audio CD collections (in Turkish music, or general World/instrumental music) for opening, and listening inside the library?


p.s. I won't have a library card, I hope it's ok.

Re: Public libraries with CD's in Istanbul

by song99

Well I don't want internet, or to borrow anything, just to listen to some CDS, I don't even want to borrow the CD's.

In Stockholm, the international library allows anyone to listen to its CDS, (as long as they bring a laptop, with headphones)

Travel Tips for Istanbul

You have to spend one complete...

by ozlemunluer

You have to spend one complete day in Beyoglu... 24 hours a day, Beyoglu is awake... shops, crowd, old buildings, music from everywhere, bookstores, cinemas,restaurants, bars, people, people, people ... in short u better see it.. there are millions of memories....

Istanbul Stock Exchange

by Erkmen

The pool is nice, but what has it got to do with stocks..

Istanbul Stock Exchange has a new very modern and nice building located in the commercial district of Istanbul on the European side.. The building has a full view to the new Skyscrappers and beside it has a quiet amazing pool inside for the brokers to swim..

When you are choosing a broker, go and select one from the pool :)..

English and German are widely...

by Valentina777

English and German are widely spoken in hotels, restaurants, and shops in cities and resorts. In villages and remote areas, you may have a hard time finding anyone who speaks anything but Turkish, though rudimentary communications are still usually possible. Try learning a few basic Turkish words; the Turks will love you for it. Iyi Sanslar 'Good luck'

Saturday is market day in Rumeli Hisar Ustu!

by maykal

Duatepe Park is the last stop on the Rumeli Hisar Ustu bus route, and boasts stunning views over the Bosphorus and the 2nd Europe-Asia bridge. However, stunning views can be had in many places in Istanbul, so it is not really worth making a special trip out here...unless you do so on a Saturday. Saturday is market day in Rumeli Hisar Ustu, the area I used to live in. A steep cobbled street running from the park down to the castle below is transformed into a lively sprawl of fruit and vegetable stalls. Old women stop to gossip, blocking the street with their shopping trolleys overflowing with aubergines, apricots and mounds of fresh sheep's cheese. Students from nearby Bogazici university stock up on olives, tomatoes and vine leaves, while tea boys weave in and out of shoppers carrying trays of steaming glasses of tea for the traders. Every so often, a loudspeaker announces the deals of the day; a kilo of cherries for 2YTL, a box of multicoloured easter chicks looking for a new home, a watermelon man trying to shift the last of his melons before nightfall. Tourists never come here, and why would they? A local market for local people, one of hundreds in Istanbul...except that this one can be incorporated into a pleasant day trip, starting with the views from the park, then once you're done haggling over peaches in the pazar, keep going downhill, past a few Ottoman mansions and sleeping dogs, until you reach the back of Rumeli Hisar, the Fortress of Europe. Either navigate your way through the village on the left, or cut through the cemetery on the right...either way you'll soon reach the seafront, where you can enter the castle, eat in one of the fish restaurants and walk off your meal along the promenade towards upmarket Bebek and Arnavutkoy. Frequent buses head to Rumeli Hisar Ustu from Taksim square, and buses running along the coast road will take you back to Taksim or Eminonu. The market starts early morning, and begins to pack up shortly before sunset.

Bargain hard

by midnight_mike about Grand Bazaar

Going to the Grand Bazaar is an event. It has more than 4,000 shops! There are plenty of soveneir shops in Istanbul, but none offer the excitement of this covered market. Because this is a tourist haven, shop keepers raise the asking price of the merchandise. This means you will have to bargain hard for a fair price. You might pay anywhere from 25-percent and 75-percent of the asking price. Whatever you find in one store, it can certainly be found in a dozen nearby shops. If you are looking for a water pipe, visit a couple shops with a good selection of them before actually negotiating. You can also say, "Hey, why would I pay you $10 when I get the same thing at the other store for $5" As soon as you turn your back to leave the store, the salesman will say "ok, ok, you have a deal."

The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays.


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