Sokullu Pasha Residence & Suites

Kucuk Ayasofya Mah., Sokullu Pasa Youkusu Sok. No 46, Istanbul, 34122, Turkey
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Galatasaray and Fenerbahce

by liam86

I am travelling to Istanbul for the F1 in June and want to visit Galatasaray and Fenerbahce, I would like to know if there was stadium tours available out of season?

Re: Galatasaray and Fenerbahce

by biggeorge

I don't think they have stadium tours during the season either.

Re: Galatasaray and Fenerbahce

by Karahan

Hi Liam,

Sometimes Fenerbahce gives permission to get inside the stadium for bunch of people as a stadium tour. There is a museum open for public visit. You can ask for details there in the museum.

Re: Galatasaray and Fenerbahce

by Sirvictor

Liam have you lost your mind? or are you fed up living? Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe matches are real fight. It is more then a Roman arena. It is something like First Christians againts lions, tigers. There is no other place in the world like Galatasaray-Fenerbahce match. If you survive you can tell your grandchildren that you were among the publicum who watched a GS-FB match.
As a devoted GS fan I advice you to sit at GS tribune. They are more civilized and friendly.

Re: Galatasaray and Fenerbahce

by Sirvictor

Youtube: GS-FB matches
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vABE4_Vdfeo
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=&search_query=Galatasaray-Fenerbah%A7e+&aq=f

Travel Tips for Istanbul

Istanbul Tip

by go_doggo

onboard a ferry the first day in Istanbul for a trip up the Bosphorus. The easiest place to catch a ferry in Old Town is at Eminonu. You can get a guided tour or just hop on one of the ferries used for public transportation.

Smoke a nargile

by Grootpiet

The nargile, or waterpipes, were a real eye-opener for me. For one, you can smoke fruit-flavoured tobacco, and secondly, it's pretty mild since it's been water filtered.

Lazy afternoons at a little cafe with turkish coffee and some apple tobacco is a very relaxing time.

Sükrü Saracoglu Stadium - Fenerbahçe SK

by vichatherly

Home of Fenerbahçe SK. A 50,000 all-seater stadium, which has been completely rebuilt since my visit, in October 1996. It was then still just known as the "Fenerbahce Stadium", with a smaller 25,000 capacity.

The old stadium was pretty open, especially where I was in the away fans section. The home fans had the tradition of, just before kick off, turning the floodlights off and then holding up burning newspapers. It all adds to the atmosphere.

Another nice trick was for the loudspeaker system to be kept on, with the home team being urged on throughout most of the match. It was a good idea to bring your own hard hat, as the locals pelted us with everything they had in their pockets everytime we scored a goal.

Balik Pazar - Fish Market off Istiklal Caddesi

by Hopkid

Tucked away on a narrow sidestreet off the pedestrian-only thoroughfare of Istiklal Caddesi, there are a group of seafood, produce, and meat merchants. Fascinating to stroll through and a photographer's dream because of the interesting subjects and splash of color. The street, Sahne Sokak, is marked by an iron gate that says "Balik Pazar" on it. It's a throwback to the old days in an area concentrated with trendy shops and eateries. It's also on the way to Nevizade Sokak so you can take this route on your way to a meal and a drink in one of the many meyhanes there.

Sahne Sokak and the Balik Pazar is located in the Galatasaray area adjacent to the Cicek Pasaji. It will be on your right as you walk down Istiklal Caddesi from Taksim Square

Carpets you can trust. (?)

by ogb4619 about Tulip Tribal Art Gallery

This is a bit different from the dozens of carpet shops that you see in the Grand Bazaar.
It is located amidst a small group of other shops selling other local crafts.

Ask for Hasan Kaya and tell him his mad friends from Malaysia sent you. Maybe he wont skin you as much as he normally would; but then again, maybe he might.

Shopping in these sorts of places is a bit like Russian Roulette but its a hell of a lot of fun and really interesting.

He doesn't have any silk carpets (which is another thing altogether) but he has a range of what appeared to be genuine local carpets from the arts and craft area east of Istanbul.
Maybe it's best to go east of Istanbul and see for yourself but i've forgotten the name of the area and the cost of going there (if you have time) may outway the benefits of buying in Istanbul.

Anyway, this guy made us so comfortable (with the inevitable dozen glasses of Turkish tea) that we bought from him and arranged a small import deal for our shop in Seremban.

Time will tell.

You will excuse my scepticism if you've travelled through Asia. Turkish carpets are reputed to be as good or better than the more famous "Persian" (Iranian) carpets.

My personal opinion is that if you want just a small an inexpensive momento of your visit to Turkey, shop around for a few hours and try to buy a genuine hand made Turkish carpet from the eastern states.

If you have the money to indulge a few thousand Lira or US$, you should buy silk carpets of no less than 20 knots per square cm. Factory carpets for US$30, hand made for over US$150 or 20 grade silk carpets for over US$1,500.

We bought a hand made carpet 750cm by 1050cm for US$75 after starting at US$120.
After the deal was struck he gave us a ceramic egg as a parting gife and 3 more glasses of Turkish tea.

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