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Istanbul Formula 1 Questions - Best Seats and Transport

by captainfurious

Hi there,

I am planning to go to Istanbul for the Formula 1 in May. I was wondering if anyone has been and cam give me some advice? I am trying to decide which stand to sit in and if anyone has any advice for the best seat it would very helpful. I am looking at Tribune 8, at the end of the pit straight where I think you can see the chicane and the end of the back straight which might be good for overtaking. Also, I have read very bad reviews for the transport to get to the Grand Prix. Is it really that bad?

Any advice and tips are gratefully received

Richard

Re: Istanbul Formula 1 Questions - Best Seats and Transport

by boragok

i don't know the name of Tribune but the tribune which is end of the pit straight is good place to see winner of race and ceremony. It is close to first bend and as you know in every race first bends are excited.

Another good place is the tribune that close the 8th bend. This place is also very excited place.

Transportation to the Istanbul park is not too easy but Istanbul goverment is organising public transport to Istanbul Park for the race weekend. You can use those buses. I think they are departure from taksim and kadikoy. These two places are hearts of Istnbul and you could find lot's of hotels close to taksim.

But you should book your place early, if you want to find a good place.

If you have more question about Istanbul, you can also send to my VT mail.

Have a good fun,

Re: Istanbul Formula 1 Questions - Best Seats and Transport

by boragok

i don't know the name of Tribune but the tribune which is end of the pit straight is good place to see winner of race and ceremony. It is close to first curve and as you know in every race first curves are excited.

Another good place is the tribune that close the 8th curve. This place is also very excited place.

Transportation to the Istanbul park is not too easy but Istanbul goverment is organising public transport to Istanbul Park for the race weekend. You can use those buses. I think they are departure from taksim and kadikoy. These two places are hearts of Istnbul and you could find lot's of hotels close to taksim.

But you should book your place early, if you want to find a good place.

If you have more question about Istanbul, you can also send to my VT mail.

Have a good fun,

Re: Istanbul Formula 1 Questions - Best Seats and Transport

by mitata

I don’t know which country are you coming from. But try to find an airlines flying to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport which is just ten minutes a way to Istanbul Park by bus.

Travel Tips for Istanbul

HISTORY
Prehistory
They...

by mabozer

HISTORY
Prehistory
They lived in both the Anatolian and European sides of the city. They were nomadic or semi nomadic. They later established a stable life based on fishing, agriculture and cattle growing. For example, Fikirtepe research has discovered that dogs, sheep, goats, cows and pigs were domesticated and that fishing was done as early as 6000 BC. Some tombs and stone tools were found during these excavations.
Istanbul became very populated residence around 3000 BC. Some small town governments were established during that period of time. Researches have shown that today’s Sultanahmet square and its surroundings were main residential areas at that time.
The Conquest of Istanbul
Preparation for the conquest of Istanbul started only one year ahead. Huge cannons that were necessary for the siege were moulded. In 1452, Rumeli Castle was constructed to control the Bosphorus. A mighty fleet of 16 galleries was formed. The number of the soldiers were doubled. The supply routes to Byzantine were taken under control. An agreement was made with Genoese to keep Galata impartial during the war. In April 1453, the first Ottoman frontier forces were seen in front of Istanbul. The siege was starting. Turkish forces entered from every direction and crushed the Byzantine defence completely. Towards noon Sultan Mehmed entered the city, he had a new name then : Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror. He went directly to Hagia Sophia Church and converted it to mosque. On a finger of land at the confluence of the Bosphorus, the Golden Horn and the Sea of Marmara stands the Topkapý Palace, that maze of buildings that was the focal point of the Ottoman Empire between the l5thand l9th centuries. In these opulent surroundings the sultans and their court live dand governed. A magnificent wooded garden fills the outer, or first, court. In the second court, on the right, shaded by cypress and plane trees, stand the palace kitchens, which now serve as galleries exhibiting the imperial collections of crystal, silver and Chinese porcelain. To the left is the Harem, the secluded quarters of the wives, concubines, and children of the sultan, charming visitors with echoes of centuries of intrigue. Today the third court holds the Hall of Audience, the Library of Ahmet III, an exhibition of imperial costumes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the treasury and a priceless collection of miniatures from medieval manuscripts. In the center of this innermost sanctuary, the Pavilion of the Holy Mantle enshrines the relics of the Prophet Muhammed brought to Istanbul when the Ottomans assumed the caliphate of Islam.

CHANGIN MONEY

by neodue

I recommend to you do not bring any many with you just withdraw from ATMs.It s all around the Turkey.Dont risk your self and your money.If you want to change your money choose DOVIZ BUFESI means FOREIGN EXCHANGE POINTS it s every where and you cant get better rate from the banks.It s Free market prices.You can change you money with higher rates then banks.

Roasted Chestnuts

by Martin_S.

While maybe not a "local" custom as such, seeing roasting chestnuts was not something that we are used to in Israel, so for us trying them was a mini adventure. You can find them on all the corners of the city and it costs only a few YTL for 100 grams or you can ask for a larger package. It was fun eating this finger food as we walked the cool autumn streets of Istanbul.

Greek and Turkish Kinship

by mehbos37


I am sure that we long for our Greek community in Turkey..
Imagine that after the dramatic 1920 war ,2 million Greeks in Turkey and 1 million Turks in Greece were forced to exchange their homes and migrated from their homeland..
My father tells me that until 1950 at least 1 people out of 10 was Greek in Istanbul and they were great people..Now only a few thousand left..So sad..
I encourage Greek people to visit here more and even move back to their homes.

Don't be Afraid

by authoress about carpets

Any carpet shop near the Arasta Bazaar will have someone standing outside to lure you in with an offer of tea or even wine. If you aren't interested don't be afraid to politely turn them down. On the other hand if you are interested in learning more about carpets before actually buying one do take them up on the tea and you will be regailed with more information than you thought possible. They will take out every carpet in the store and lay them before you and tell you what it is made of, how many knots per square inch, etc. If you express a liking for any they will remember which ones and pull them back out later. Do not feel pressured into buying if you don't want to. This is their job and they are happy to do it since there are many carpet shops and the competition is high. The stores all seem to know one another since after I had made a selection and actually bought a carpet, they all seemed to know about it and I wasn't bothered again. Bargain bargain bargain. I was advised to offer half of the price they originally ask and work from there. I bought a lovely wool/cotton living room sized carpet for 900.00 U.S. and I know the same carpet would cost $3,000.-$4,000. at home.

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