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Turkey was Great; but Azamara Cruise line a horror

We had a great time seeing the Turkish coast aboard Azamara; but I found a large piece of GLASS in my sushi roll in the ship's restaurantThey sent me a $20 bottle wine to apologize...more

user review | See + Do: Sultanahmet: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, Old City

Three Enduring Masterpieces of Design and Engineering

While extremely busy with waiting lines that form early even in poor weather, these Istanbul icons should not be missed. Once inside, you are free to explore at your leisure and it is...more

user review | See + Do: Dolmabahçe Palace, Besiktas

Enormous and Beautiful

Built about 1850, Dolmabahçe Palace was the residence used by the sultans of the Ottoman empire. It is a strange mix of neoclassic, rococo and traditional Ottoman styles that merges...more

user review | See + Do: Topkapı Palace, Old City

Noteworthy and Unusual

Topkapi Palace is a vast complex comprising many buildings and much open land in a crowded city.For centuries, it served not only as the royal residence for the Ottoman sultans but as...more

Istanbul traffic.

The traffic lights are meerly a "sugestion". The traffic in this city of 13 or 14 million is beyond belief. Make sure you allow ample time.   more

Women, you *can* wear whatever you want...

Yes, women in Turkey aren't legally required to cover. Yet cultural mores (which do reflect religious traditions to varying extents) dictate that women do not walk alone on the...more

Brick Oven Fish Restaurants

There are several restaurants in Istanbul where you choose a fresh fish out of the tank, which is then cooked in a brick oven. Don't miss it. It's a treat.   more

Buyukada (Big Island

When in Istanbul take the ferry from Kadikoy (Asian side) to Buyukada (Big Island). This takes 1 hr and makes 2 stops before getting to Buyukada. The island has no autos, but hire a...more


We're not sure where to stay for 4 days in istanbul. Should we be in the Old City near the sights? on the Bospherus? What hotels, 4* and up, have any of you stayed in that you...more

visiting a Mosque

Since you have to go barefoot, bring your own socks, you also have to be with pants or long skirts but if you don't want to wear those in the summer time, you can borrow a...more

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