(Closed) Has anyone been to Istanbul?

posted 7 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I watched the “No Reservations” episode there and it looked amazing. It’s on our “Go To” list, but we haven’t been yet.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

Haven’t been to Istanbul but I have been to Turkey (Izmir) and loved it. It was beautiful and the people were very nice. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

I was there last year. It’s a beautiful city. I loved walking around and seeing the sights. I don’t know what you mean by ‘American friendly’ but they were nice. I was alone though so I don’t know how it would be for couples who are honeymooning. One of the bees, meliss I think, is from Turkey.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

Yes!  FI and I went to Turkey 3 years ago.  We were in Istanbul for 4 days and loved it.  It was a beautiful and lively city with a lot to see and do.  We felt very safe there and everyone was really friendly. You just have to be prepared that everyone is trying to sell you something and not get bothered by that.  And as wonderful as Istanbul was, the other two parts of our trip were even better so don’t just limit yourself to Istanbul.  

During that trip we also went to Cappadocia which was AMAZING.  Highly recommend going there.  To this day one of the most amazing and random places I’ve seen.  And we went on a 4 day gullet cruise in the south. They call them blue cruises.  Also, a wanderful, relaxing and fun experience.  

Here are a few pictures from that trip, (Istanbul first then the rest) sorry pic heavy

at the grand bazaar

The Bosphorus which separate Asia and Europe

Our Hotel

Cappadocia

We took a hot air balloon ride ove Cappadocia which was one of the most amazing experiences ever.

A typical gullet

Swimming in crystal waters next to a deserted island.

mud baths (please excuse my temporary love handles)

Dancing after dinner on our gullet with the rest of the passengers and the captain

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I was living in Istanbul for half a year and it was a pleasant experience. The country is a perfect mixture of west meet east, so I dare to say that it’s American-friendly (I am Asian looking but I was living with a blonde Dutch girl there and we were super fine). The foods are amazing and living cost is relatively cheaper than any European country. There are so many places to visit: Top Kapi Palace, Haghia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Taksim Square, Grand Bazaar, and so many other. Go to the Asian side through the Bosphorus Bridge and you’ll find another world there! If you have time, go to the Prince’s Islands (around an hour with ferry from Istanbul) to hike and trek, it’s motored vehicle free. Other part of Turkey is also very stunning though, esp the mediterranian coast.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Oh by the way, to add to my previous posting, during this 6 months living there, I experienced seeing 2 big fights on the street between local couples. Both presented a guy punching his wife/gf and the girl was crying so much. (Yes, punching on the face, no kidding). I am not trying to frightening you AT ALL, just to warn you not to panick if you see such a scene (I did panick and tremble at first), apparently it’s quite ‘ignored’ there. But they will never bother or disturb tourists. And trust me, so far it’s the most wonderful city I have ever experienced in term of cultural mix (see my previous post).

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My best friend and Maid/Matron of Honor is Turkish.  She goes to Istanbul almost yearly to see relatives.  If you want any info from a native, PM me some questions and I’ll give them to her.  🙂

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@RahlyRah: Istanbul is incredible! Absolutely loved it, and would love to see the rest of Turkey along with it next time. 

We actually just spent 18 days traveling Greece (end of May), and it was fantastic. Did not want to leave. We did the UK for a while in the fall, which was great as well, but slightly more tiring. I would say out of your list, I would definitely vote on another week in Greece or Turkey. What time of year are you going?

If you have any specific questions about Greece, feel free to PM me!

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

@RahlyRah:  Ok since you presented a list of options,  I vote Netherlands.  BEST. COUNTRY. EVER.  Seriuosly.  Delicious food, nicest people, amazing sites to see and things to do and everything is just so pretty.  

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

@RahlyRah:  Where are your options located?

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