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  • Pro
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    Jmill42 says…

     Europe meets Asia, what more could you want?!?! 

  • Con
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     Leave the driving to the locals - they know what they're doing! 

  • In a nutshell
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     People from all over the world will feel comfortable here. 

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Istanbul

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Sile

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Buyukada

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Kadikoy

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Kinaliada

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Adalar

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Pendik

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Heybeliada

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Yenibosna

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Istanbul

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  • Topkapi Palace

    Istanbul Things to Do

    For me, the highlight of the entire palace complex was the Harem. The harem is a maze of exquisite rooms where the sultan’s wives, concubines, and even his mother, lived. The entire harem consists of 400 halls, terraces, rooms, wings, and apartments that are grouped around the sultan’s private residence. Only about 40 have been restored and opened...

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  • Four Seasons Istanbul

    Istanbul Hotels

    Housed in a former Ottoman prison, The Four Seasons in Sultanahmet is anything but. It is the...

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  • Fishing Boats in eminonu..

    Istanbul Restaurants

    One day at around lunch time we decied to have a fish sandwich (Balik ekmek) at the Eminönü pier near the Galata Bridge. At the stall "Tarihi Eminönü Balik Ekmek" the fish (mackerel) is directly grilled on the boat and then put in a half-bread together with some salad and onions. It costs 5 TYR. In front of the boat you can take a seat at one of...

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Sile

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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.

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  • 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...

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  • 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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Buyukada

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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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,...

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  • 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...

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  • 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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Kinaliada

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  • 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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  • brains anyone?

    Kinaliada Restaurants

    Very pleasant place a little bit away from the seafront. You can eat outside or in - last time we ate inside as it was windy.Serves fish and meat dishes.I've been twice, and enjoyed both times.Its popular - lots of reserved signs on tables - so go early!Last time the 4 of us ate for 100ytl. That included meze for 4 (lambs brains was one, but we...

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  • elections!

    Kinaliada Warnings and Dangers

    I was there during the July 07 parliamentary elections, brought about by a bit of a constitutional crisis over the election of a new president. I was a little apprehensive about civil unrest and/or PKK violence (in the city, not on the island). However, my concerns were completely groundless.BUT (and this is a big BUT), on the Sunday of the...

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Adalar

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  • Stroll!

    Adalar Things to Do

    Prince Islands are too big to walk. But the landscape and streets with trees are too nice so you cannot resist to desire of walking around. Artonice (Eylem) and I walked in Buyukada.After years, we strolled Buyukada's streets again. I certainly recommend you to do it. You can see some amazing old houses with nice details. Some of them are real...

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  • Cookies

    Adalar Shopping

    My two close friends are actually cookie monsters. They adore the cookies, worship the cookie makers. This place is one of their favorite spots.I prefer less sweet stuff. This is why I didn't buy from their favorite cookie with Turkish delight. It was so sweet, one can feel dizzy after eating 2 pieces. You can also find mastic, cinnamon, orange...

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  • Burgazada

    Adalar Things to Do

    This island is the second one from Bostanci. It takes 40 minutes to reach there with ferry. I do not swim in Marmara but there were many people swimming in this island when we were there.This island is more quite and peaceful than Buyukada. The ferry to islands stops every island, so it can be crowded. I recommend you to visit island in...

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Pendik

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  • The best local restaurant

    Pendik Restaurants

    CEMO turned out my best Pendik restaurant discovery.The man who founded the restaurant started as a street food vendor in the same area.I was lucky enough to meet him and as we hade the same age the evening became a long cosy one. Communication was very basic as it was Turkish from one side and English from my side. Still with the help of some...

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  • Turkish hospitality

    Pendik Restaurants

    Bursa is a real Turkish restaurant, where you can make a selection of cold and warm starters at your table.The meat is grilled at the inhouse grill, visible to the customers.In the front at the seaside is an indoors bar and outside a large terrace.

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  • Coffee or ice cream

    Pendik Restaurants

    MADO is a nice place for a relaxed cup of coffee or tea or even an ice cream.The terrace offers a nice view to the seas side.Service is first class. Tea and baklava.

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Heybeliada

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  • Heybeliada Naval Academy

    Heybeliada Favorites

    We found many sailors walking about on the island and you could tell by the pasteboard on their shoulders that they were officers in training, not yet owners of their stripes. When we landed at Heybeliada there was a sailor guarding the port as you can see in the photo. At first we thought that this was a Naval Base, but after we saw the officers...

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  • Heybeliada street scenes

    Heybeliada Things to Do

    We had one short hour to explore the back streets of Heybeliada, but we found a few interesting things, like the abandonded broom and can, and some very fine wooden homes.During the entire time there we only encountered a single car and not even that was a car, it was the municipal garbage collectors....we saw a few people walking and some on...

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Yenibosna

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  • Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST)

    Yenibosna Transportation

    The Ataturk Airport is Istanbul's biggest International airport. In 2010 over 20 million passengers were handled.Be aware all non-Turkish citizins need a visum to enter the country! Visum rulesAirport information:International arrivalsInternational departuresDomestic arrivalsDomestic departuresArrival terminal mapDeparture teminal mapAirport...

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  • Ataturk Airport

    Yenibosna Shopping

    The Ataturk airport has many:-Gift shops-Other enterprises-BanksYou will find special deals for Turkish Delights and other typical local souvenirs.

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  • Security

    Yenibosna Favorites

    Be aware there are 3 security checks on your way to the gate:-Road side check before entering the Airport itself-Terminal building entrance chack-Gate check

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Istanbul ili covers a unique region where Asia and Europe meet. It is amazing that an overcrowded metropolis with an estimated population of 15 million people, can offer so much. Here in this...