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  • Yeditepe to Sile

    Sile Transportation

    I am studying abroad at Yeditepe University and would love to spend a free weekend in Sile. I have an Istanbul Kart (prepaid bus card), can I use it on the 139 bus to Sile, or will I have to go to Harem and purchase a ticket? Any and all information is very much appreciated!Also, a cheap hotel, hostel, or cabin recommendation would be great.

  • Istanbul - vibrant big town

    Sile Off The Beaten Path

    Istanbul is bustling biggest city in Turkey, located on Bosporus strait. The place was known as capital of Roman, Byzantine, Latin, and Ottoman Empires. Nowadays it is one of the most visited places in the World, having big variety of old architecture – mosques, palaces, baths, churches, so on.If you go to Istanbul from Sile as a daytrip you also...

  • Sile and baklava

    Sile Favorites

    As Sile is more off the beaten path place, naturally here the prices of baklavas or other sweets are less expensive than in Istanbul center. Let say, one kilogram of baklava here we got for 8,10 euros, but in Istanbul it was 11 euros and more. So we used such opportunity and tried different species of so sweet Turkish baklavas. It is, I should...



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  • Sunset watching.

    Buyukada Things to Do

    Something about the sunset that's calming and very romantic. Watch the sun set near the port, it's beautiful.

  • The Central Buyukada.

    Buyukada Things to Do

    The central area of Buyukada is actually the area around the ferry port. There are a lot of hotels and restaurants and most activities starts and ends here.

  • Phaeton

    Buyukada Transportation

    Phaetons are the way to explore the island of Buyukada. These horse-driven carriages are everywhere and you don't have to worry about getting conned as they have a fix regulated fare. (See pics).TL70 for about 1 and a half hour of roaming around the island. Comfortable for 4 to 5 passengers.



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  • Kadikoy sculptures

    Kadikoy Things to Do

    There are many sculptures in some streets but the most notable is Altiyol, a bull at a square that is an intersection of 6 streets (hence the name Altiyol), usually a popular meeting point for locals and nice spot for pictures. We saw many couples posing in front of it so we got one of us too :)Walking around Kadikoy we saw some more sculptures,...

  • Mexico en Moda

    Kadikoy Restaurants

    THIS PLACE IS CLOSED NOW.This is a small restaurant in Moda, just across Ali Usta, the famous icecream shop. It has 4-6 tables only and serve Mexican food, which is rare in Kadikoy.We stopped by before we went to theatre once and tried their special Mexican meatballs (stuffed meatballs actually) and fajita. I don't recommend you the fajita but the...

  • Fezil Bey’in Turk Kahvesi

    Kadikoy Restaurants

    This a tiny café that serves original Turkish coffee, they also sell freshly roasted genuine Turkish coffee. Turkish coffee costs 4,50YTR, cappuccino 7YTR, tea 2,50YTR, ginger lemonade 5YTR (that was tasty too). We enjoyed our coffee on a rainy morning when people were passing by rushing to get to their homes. The coffee was served with a lokum,...



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  • ATM

    Pendik Favorites

    If you are looking for an ATM I recommend you use one at a bank or at the boulevard near the coast. First check if the logo on your card is somewhere displayed on the machine.Using the ATM is as easy as at home.

  • Local shops

    Pendik Shopping

    Just walking through the Pendik back streets you will find almost any kind of shop.Do not expect any of these to be visible on the Internet. There still are many one-man businesses around. I just love these shops.

  • Pendik street scenes

    Pendik Favorites

    Just some Pendik street scenes that fit this general section.You can opt for an easy walk parallel to the sea and avoid too much climbing, but you have to go into the town too, to see the real life.



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  • hotels

    Kinaliada Warnings and Dangers

    There are none!Don't miss the last ferry off the island, or you'll be sleeping on the beach...The bigger islands (Büyükada + Burgazada) have hotels.Of course part of the charm of the island is the virtual total absence of touroids.

  • banks

    Kinaliada Warnings and Dangers

    There are none on the island! (Or at least the last time I visitied>) Bring your own cash!The nearest ATM is on the nearby island Büyükada, or back on the Asian side of Istanbul (at the Kadiköy ferry terminal). Both are a 30 minute ferry trip away, and now use after the last ferries have sailed!

  • time for desert

    Kinaliada Restaurants

    This place is a bit of an institution on the island. Its in 2 parts - a patisserie and a restaurant. I've never tried the restaurant side. I'm assured that the patisserie section has been around a long time.The patisserie is great for a croissant or simit with tea or coffee - for breakfast or in the afternoon. Its also a yummee place to head for...



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    Cafe on the Bosporus

    by DSwede Written Jan 19, 2006

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    Ortakoy is a relatively small neighborhood along the Bosporus on the west side. It is perfect for a walk, a departure point for a Bosporus tour/cruise, but you would be remiss if you did not wait in line for a table to have a cafe and watch the people, boats and the Ortakoy cami.

    Ortakoy Mosque and Bosporus

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