Masal Apart

Binbirdirek Mah. Su terazisi Sok. No:27, Istanbul, Turkey
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Forum Posts

What to do!

by haribailey

Me and my boyfriend are going to Istanbul for 5 days at the end of May and need somewhere interesting to go. Obviously spend a day doing the Sights, then a day or two on the beach (which one?) but I'd like to take a day to go somewhere else, any day trips from Istanbul worth a look? Some grand architecture or natural beauty...

Being students we need some uplifting nightlife as well. Can someone recommend bars/dancing etc for an early 20s crowd?

ta very much! hari

Re: What to do!

by nicolaitan

two choices for day trips include Prince's Islands and a ferry trip up the Bosporus to the Black Sea with return by ferry or bus.

while in Istanbul, two less frequently mentioned sites to visit are the beautiful Rustem Pasa Mosque far more exquisite than the Blue Mosque and St. Savior in Chora for some of the most remarkable frescoes and mosaics anywhere.

Re: What to do!

by TheWanderingCamel

Istanbul is full of marvellous sights, fantastic architecture, museums stuffed with eye-popping treasures, not to mentions sounds and smells and a cornucopia of shops - the one day you've allowed yourself will only let you touch the tip of an veritable iceberg of them. Take a look at some of the excellent pages on the city here on VT, google around a bit or sneak a peak at a guidebook in your local bookshop. If you really want to get an appreciation of this amazing city, five days is just the beginning.

Re: What to do!

by infinitys


you may take a nice bosphorus ferry tour either from EMINONU or BESIKTAS regions of Istanbul to discover the unique beauties of Istanbul if you wish whihc will cost around $7-8 for each person.

I may recommend ISTIKLAL STREET IN BEYOGLU to see some fantastic places for bars and restaurants.For every type of budget including students in that region,there are variety of options to discover for your information.

Re: What to do!

by Sirvictor

We have a saying " If two loves each other even a hay-house is a paradise" But Istanbul is not a hay-house or paradise it is a place of 1001 nights and days. Be Shrazad of your boy friend and taste ıstanbul. I advice you to go:
1- Ortakoy: Sit at the quai of Bosphorus in the arms of your boy friend your eyes closed hearing the woices of wawes and gals and thank heaven that you are living.
2- or sit at the cafe of Dolmabahce palace at the quai
3- Go to Kadikoy on the asian side sit at the quai cafes while sun downs.

Re: What to do!

by June.b

Istanbul itself has a lot of historical structures, sights and museums to occupy most of your 3 days. I was juz there last week (for the _nth time) and still updating my page - added the 1.5 Bosphorous tour by Turyol boat, the ferry cruises the bosphorous and you'll get to see great structures, fortress, castle, nice mansions, etc along the shores, you don't have to getoff from the ferry and cost only YTL7.50. Check my page on how to find it.

Then on my 3rd day, I also need to get out of Istanbul, I chose Iznik and Bursa, there are fast catamaran ferry at Yenikapi port that transports people to Bursa or Yalova if you want to go to Iznik first.

On my 4th day, I did a Thrace, bordering Bulgaria and Greece), it's 2.5 hours bus ride, you can leave from the Buyuk Otogar (Istanbul's grand bus terminal) in the morning, say, before noon, and take the 6:00pm bus back to Istanbul. Edirne is out of the regular tourist track, and so it is beautiful. I just updated my page on that, so check it out.

Nightlife is in Taksim area, am sure you've heard of Istiklal Cadessi?

HAve fun!

Travel Tips for Istanbul

RAHMI KOC MUSEUM - Vintage, Veteran & Newer.......

by balhannah

Visiting the Motor Vehicle section of the Rahmi Koc Museum, I enjoyed looking at the real old Vehicles and the little more modern ones. I love the 3 Wheelers!
Some that interested me were.....

THE 1917 ALBION X RAY AMBULANCE ..............
built by the famous Scottish firm of Albion. The A10 was one of the most common chassis used by the British Army in the First World War, and gained a fine reputation for strength and reliability, with almost 8,800 produced in total.

This particular vehicle, ordered in January 1917 (with the bodywork and X-ray equipment fitted later in England), presumably saw service in the conflict between the Allied forces and the Ottoman Empire.

The vehicle operated in Turkey for some years after the war before going into storage and being restored by this Museum's Workshop in 2001.
I can remember seeing these in films about the War, I never expected to see a real one!

Ten Seat Model TT Bus built in 1926

Tidbits about staying in Istanbul

by midnight_mike

People who live in Istanbul identify more with Europe than Asia, but it is still a Muslim city. When you hear the call for prayer, stop talking and show respect. You might even stop what you are doing, although most of the locals do not do that.

Be sure not to confuse Turks with Arabs. They are two different people, with their own languages. Their food and culture are very similar, however. Do not mention anything about the Turkish massacre of Armenians during World War I. Also avoid any mention of conflicts between Greeks and Turks. If you befriend a Turk, you can certainly ask questions. Just be careful how you phrase the question.

Men should not wear tank tops or shirts with no sleeves. Women should not expose too much skin as it can cause a traffic accident. Men in Istanbul will stare at an attractive woman like they have never seen one before.

Soccer in INONU stadium-BESIKTAS

by cerkes41

If you are interested with soccer,and if you are in Istanbul during Turkcell Turkey Football League season,do not miss the chance to watch a soccer game in Inonu stadium.It is one of the best stadiums in the world,very close to the Bosphrus and it is across Dolmabahce palace.
Another point,you will have to choose whether to watch the match or fans..!They are the best.
Check the atmsophere in the stadium by searching in Youtube.Write Besiktas-Liverpool for example.

There are strict rules and...

by istanbul_is

There are strict rules and etiquette surrounding nargile smoking. For example, you are never supposed to debase the higher art of nargile smoking by lighting a cigarette on the coals. Also, never rest the nargile on a height - it should always be on the floor. Finally, never pass the agizlik directly to another person: put it down first and allow them to pick it up themselves ........( Sevil Delin------ )..........................................................FAMOUS NARGILE SALOONS of Istanbul......................Çorlulu Ali Pasa Medresi
Yeniçeriler Caddesi Çemberlitas........

Pierre Loti Cafe
Karyagdi Sokak Eyüp
Tel: (0212) 581 2696...........

Kiliç Ali Pasa Mosque Cafe
next to Kiliç Ali Pasa Mosque.............

The ‘American Pazar’ Karaköy

The Grand Bazaar

by Nobbe

The Grand Bazaar is the largest market in Turkey and have more than 4000 shops. Leather and gold use to be the main items to buy, but you will find almost everything at the bazaar. Remember to bargain alot while buying something.


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