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1.       Trudy
7887 posts
 10 Feb 2010 Wed 09:18 pm

Maybe I go in a few weeks time for about a week to Istanbul. I´ve been there already 3 times and I think I saw all major tourist attractions. This time I like to ´feel´ Istanbul, to see the (relatively) unknown places, to get off the beaten track.

 

What can you advice me? Where can/should I go for seeing, experiencing Istanbul in other ways than package deals and tour guides offer? 

2.       turkishcobra
607 posts
 10 Feb 2010 Wed 11:24 pm

 

 

 

As an İstanbullu i can give you some suggestions

 

first, if you want to feel istanbul, start from ortaköy. go the ortaköy and eat kumpir; sitting on the stone-platform in front of the mosque. sea is just under your feet and bosphorus in front of you. if you cant finish your kumpir, put it somewhere else and let piegons do it instead of you

 

the best place you can feel istanbul is taksim - istiklal street and its surrounding. Sıraselviler, the street that connects Taksim to Cihangir is another place to discover; with egzotic and interesting restaurants, bars and night clubs.

 

Cihangir is another nice Beyoğlu district where a lot Turkish famous people hang out.

 

if you are a little tired and want to have some rest and if you are lucky and weather is sunny, you can drink a glass of tea in Boğaz Cafe with a wonderful Bosphorus scene; an open-air cafe in the left-up corner of Taksim Gezi Park and nearby the avenue that goes to Beşiktaş.

 

actually, as an advice, if you want to feel İstanbul, dont make plans. Just get out of the place you stay and walk where you wish. Dont use transportation and go to every place by walking.

(take a map in your hand not to get lost)

 

this what i can say. hope you a have nice days in istanbul.

 

thx

turkishcobra//

 

 

 

3.       libralady
5152 posts
 10 Feb 2010 Wed 11:30 pm

 

Quoting Trudy

Maybe I go in a few weeks time for about a week to Istanbul. I´ve been there already 3 times and I think I saw all major tourist attractions. This time I like to ´feel´ Istanbul, to see the (relatively) unknown places, to get off the beaten track.

 

What can you advice me? Where can/should I go for seeing, experiencing Istanbul in other ways than package deals and tour guides offer? 

 

 Very subtle way of looking for a tour guide {#emotions_dlg.think} expect an increase in spam! {#emotions_dlg.lol}{#emotions_dlg.lol}{#emotions_dlg.lol}

4.       MarioninTurkey
6124 posts
 11 Feb 2010 Thu 03:22 pm

 

Quoting turkishcobra

 

 

 

As an İstanbullu i can give you some suggestions

 

first, if you want to feel istanbul, start from ortaköy. go the ortaköy and eat kumpir; sitting on the stone-platform in front of the mosque. sea is just under your feet and bosphorus in front of you. if you cant finish your kumpir, put it somewhere else and let piegons do it instead of you

 

the best place you can feel istanbul is taksim - istiklal street and its surrounding. Sıraselviler, the street that connects Taksim to Cihangir is another place to discover; with egzotic and interesting restaurants, bars and night clubs.

 

Cihangir is another nice Beyoğlu district where a lot Turkish famous people hang out.

 

if you are a little tired and want to have some rest and if you are lucky and weather is sunny, you can drink a glass of tea in Boğaz Cafe with a wonderful Bosphorus scene; an open-air cafe in the left-up corner of Taksim Gezi Park and nearby the avenue that goes to Beşiktaş.

 

actually, as an advice, if you want to feel İstanbul, dont make plans. Just get out of the place you stay and walk where you wish. Dont use transportation and go to every place by walking.

(take a map in your hand not to get lost)

 

this what i can say. hope you a have nice days in istanbul.

 

thx

turkishcobra//

 

 

 

 

 Ahhrrmmm ... ahhrrmm .. cobra - as Istanbul is the only intercontinental city in the world, wouldn´t it be a good idea to cross the Bosphorus and visit us on the Asian side?

 

Stroll along Bağdat Caddesi, enjoy the view of the old city from the cliffs at Moda (and have the famous ice-cream), take a ferry to the islands from Bostancı, have a beer at the Divan at Fenerbahçe Marina (sitting on the decking and looking at the boats you could imagine you are in Antalya or Fethiye), see the fascinating toy museum at Göztepe, enjoy the market at Kadıköy, explore the mosques at Üsküdar, have yogurt at Kanlıca, enjoy a Turkish coffee at Çamlıca, wow at the art deco elevator at Hıdıv Kasrı, eat fish with a great view of the Bosphorus and the bridges at Çengelköy, explore a small but exquisite palace at Beylerbeyi, enjoy quaint Anadolu Hisarı, see the judas bloom at the Tema park ......

 

Have I sold it enough? Do I need to add call in and see us at Greenhouse in Kadıköy?

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5.       red1
522 posts
 11 Feb 2010 Thu 03:26 pm

Hi 

I am also going to Istanbul for a few days in the near future. Does anybody have any details/advice about seeing the whilrling dervish dancing there?

 

Actually I have just seen that it is perfomed at the Hodjapasha cultural centre in the evenings. Has anyone been before and would they recommend it?

Thanks



Edited (2/11/2010) by red1 [did some googling!]

6.       Elisabeth
5732 posts
 11 Feb 2010 Thu 04:08 pm

 

Quoting Trudy

Maybe I go in a few weeks time for about a week to Istanbul. I´ve been there already 3 times and I think I saw all major tourist attractions. This time I like to ´feel´ Istanbul, to see the (relatively) unknown places, to get off the beaten track.

 

What can you advice me? Where can/should I go for seeing, experiencing Istanbul in other ways than package deals and tour guides offer? 

 

 We will be there in March...wanna have coffee???{#emotions_dlg.koffie}

7.       turkishcobra
607 posts
 11 Feb 2010 Thu 04:27 pm

 

 

What about having a sunday breakfast in Bebek or in Çengelköy?? And having a lunch in Hisar ??

 

well - my knowledge about Asian side is not rich.

 

BTW, if you like nargile visit Tophane or Çorlulu Ali Paşa Medresesi in Çemberlitaş. Hmmm..smell of nargile is really wonderful... you can also taste Ottoman-style Turkish coffe in these places.

 

Or, if weather is sunny go the tea-garden in front of Dolmabahçe Palace in Kabataş; watching the amazing scene of Bosphorus. In this tea garden Bosphorus is just in front of you..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Edited (2/11/2010) by turkishcobra

8.       ReyhanL
1961 posts
 11 Feb 2010 Thu 05:32 pm

 Cry

Quoting turkishcobra

 

 

 

BTW, if you like drinking nargile visit Tophane or Çorlulu Ali Paşa Medresesi in Çemberlitaş. Hmmm..smell of nargile is really wonderful...

 

 

 



Edited (2/11/2010) by ReyhanL
Edited (2/11/2010) by ReyhanL

9.       yakamozzz
398 posts
 11 Feb 2010 Thu 05:48 pm

 

Quoting ReyhanL

 {#emotions_dlg.laugh_at}

 

 

 

don´t...it just comes from (sigara) içmek...so don´t... {#emotions_dlg.rolleyes}

10.       ReyhanL
1961 posts
 11 Feb 2010 Thu 06:00 pm

 

Quoting yakamozzz

 

 

don´t...it just comes from (sigara) içmek...so don´t... {#emotions_dlg.rolleyes}

 

 İ dont care from where it comes! So i will still Cry. İn english we use to smoke the cigarette ( or nargile) not to drink it.



Edited (2/11/2010) by ReyhanL
Edited (2/11/2010) by ReyhanL
Edited (2/11/2010) by ReyhanL

11.       yakamozzz
398 posts
 11 Feb 2010 Thu 06:03 pm

 

Quoting ReyhanL

 

 

 İ dont care from where it comes! So i will still {#emotions_dlg.lol_fast}. İn english we use to smoke the cigarette not to drink it.

 

that´s my point exactly {#emotions_dlg.rolleyes} in turkish the same verb goes for both meanings {#emotions_dlg.rolleyes} so you just have to pay attention on the semantics {#emotions_dlg.rolleyes} and i sure wouldn´t want you to laugh on MY mistakes {#emotions_dlg.lol_fast}

12.       turkishcobra
607 posts
 11 Feb 2010 Thu 07:17 pm

 

 

Shame on you Reyhan!! {#emotions_dlg.rant}

 

Smoking nargile...ok...a small mistake. ?????!!!!!!!!!!

13.       ReyhanL
1961 posts
 11 Feb 2010 Thu 07:26 pm

İ only Cry about it. Whats wrong ? {#emotions_dlg.unsure}



Edited (2/11/2010) by ReyhanL

14.       yakamozzz
398 posts
 11 Feb 2010 Thu 07:45 pm

 

Quoting ReyhanL

İ only {#emotions_dlg.lol} about it. Whats wrong ? {#emotions_dlg.unsure}

 

do you even HAVE TO ask...? {#emotions_dlg.lol_fast}

15.       turkishcobra
607 posts
 11 Feb 2010 Thu 07:56 pm

 

 

 

Oh, yes, why shall i be surprised? this is what you everytime do {#emotions_dlg.super_cool}

 

 

 

 

16.       yakamozzz
398 posts
 11 Feb 2010 Thu 08:01 pm

no she doesn´t do it always....sometimes she can be good, too

17.       turkishcobra
607 posts
 11 Feb 2010 Thu 08:03 pm

 

Quoting yakamozzz

no she doesn´t do it always....sometimes she can be good, too

 

 

 

and u should be her new follower?? she expands the gang.... {#emotions_dlg.alcoholics}

 

 

 

 



Edited (2/11/2010) by turkishcobra

18.       ReyhanL
1961 posts
 11 Feb 2010 Thu 08:05 pm

İ´m Yakamozzz´s follower. İ learnt from her.



Edited (2/11/2010) by ReyhanL

19.       yakamozzz
398 posts
 11 Feb 2010 Thu 08:07 pm

 

Quoting turkishcobra

 

 

 

 

and u should be her new follower?? she expands the gang.... {#emotions_dlg.alcoholics}

 

 

 

 

 

...somebody is a little...bitter today.... {#emotions_dlg.whistle}

20.       turkishcobra
607 posts
 11 Feb 2010 Thu 08:07 pm

 

Quoting ReyhanL

İ´m Yakamozzz´s follower. İ learnt from her.

 

 

 

 

no difference....u complete each other and look very good together...couple of 2010!! {#emotions_dlg.yes}

21.       yakamozzz
398 posts
 11 Feb 2010 Thu 08:08 pm

 

Quoting ReyhanL

İ´m Yakamozzz´s follower. İ learnt from her.

 

{#emotions_dlg.eeek}

22.       ReyhanL
1961 posts
 11 Feb 2010 Thu 08:14 pm

We dont expect from persons who speak english like their native language to say that nargile is for drinking.

23.       turkishcobra
607 posts
 11 Feb 2010 Thu 08:17 pm

 

 

 

u should revise ur priorities of being here. i doubt u are in wrong place to tease and fight

 

no more words. have things to do.

 

 

24.       yakamozzz
398 posts
 11 Feb 2010 Thu 08:18 pm

 

Quoting ReyhanL

We dont expect from persons who speak english like their native language to say that nargile is for drinking.

 

i don´t even remember how many of those "i-speak-english-like-native"-people we have here in TC do you?

25.       ReyhanL
1961 posts
 11 Feb 2010 Thu 08:20 pm

 

Quoting yakamozzz

 

 

i don´t even remember how many of those "i-speak-english-like-native"-people we have here in TC do you?

 

 At least 3... as i remember..

26.       yakamozzz
398 posts
 11 Feb 2010 Thu 08:50 pm

 

Quoting turkishcobra

 

 

 

u should revise ur priorities of being here. i doubt u are in wrong place to tease and fight

 

no more words. have things to do.

 

 

 

is that a threat...? {#emotions_dlg.think} Rey, be careful now or you will be "signed out" from TC...permanently... {#emotions_dlg.scared}



Edited (2/11/2010) by yakamozzz

27.       ReyhanL
1961 posts
 11 Feb 2010 Thu 08:56 pm

 

Quoting yakamozzz

 

 

is that a threat...? {#emotions_dlg.think} Rey, be careful now or you will be "signed out" from TC...permanently... {#emotions_dlg.scared}

 Who knows {#emotions_dlg.unsure}. Everything is possible {#emotions_dlg.yes}

 

28.       Trudy
7887 posts
 11 Feb 2010 Thu 09:19 pm

 

Quoting libralady

 

 

 Very subtle way of looking for a tour guide {#emotions_dlg.think} expect an increase in spam! {#emotions_dlg.lol}{#emotions_dlg.lol}{#emotions_dlg.lol}

 

Talking from experience, Libra? lol lol

29.       libralady
5152 posts
 11 Feb 2010 Thu 10:36 pm

 

Quoting Trudy

 

 

Talking from experience, Libra? lol lol

 

 Not an option when you have a husband tagging along... {#emotions_dlg.lol_fast}

30.       Trudy
7887 posts
 11 Feb 2010 Thu 10:57 pm

 

Quoting libralady

 

 

 Not an option when you have a husband tagging along... {#emotions_dlg.lol_fast}

 

You could lose him in the cisterns...... lol lol

31.       libralady
5152 posts
 11 Feb 2010 Thu 11:09 pm

 

Quoting Trudy

 

 

You could lose him in the cisterns...... lol lol

 

 Tried that - didn´t work, also the bazzar, didn´t work, leaning over Galata Bridge, did not work and before you say I also tried an underground city in Cappadocia........... didn´t work  {#emotions_dlg.snooty}

32.       Trudy
7887 posts
 11 Feb 2010 Thu 11:14 pm

 

Quoting libralady

 

 

 Tried that - didn´t work, also the bazzar, didn´t work, leaning over Galata Bridge, did not work and before you say I also tried an underground city in Cappadocia........... didn´t work  {#emotions_dlg.snooty}

 

You should keep him on a longer leash! lol lol

33.       Yersu
241 posts
 11 Feb 2010 Thu 11:19 pm

"iç" = inside, so içmek probably meant to take something inside at some point, of course throughout the centuries it has become to mean drink only. Anyway, yeah it´s kinda funny, at least my Azerbaijani friends told me they crack when they hear "sigara içmek"

I wish we used "tüttürmek" commonly for smoking, it is perfect. Fits with "tütün" also (tobacco)

34.       Trudy
7887 posts
 13 Feb 2010 Sat 07:04 pm

 

Quoting MarioninTurkey

 

 

 Ahhrrmmm ... ahhrrmm .. cobra - as Istanbul is the only intercontinental city in the world, wouldn´t it be a good idea to cross the Bosphorus and visit us on the Asian side?

 

Stroll along Bağdat Caddesi, enjoy the view of the old city from the cliffs at Moda (and have the famous ice-cream), take a ferry to the islands from Bostancı, have a beer at the Divan at Fenerbahçe Marina (sitting on the decking and looking at the boats you could imagine you are in Antalya or Fethiye), see the fascinating toy museum at Göztepe, enjoy the market at Kadıköy, explore the mosques at Üsküdar, have yogurt at Kanlıca, enjoy a Turkish coffee at Çamlıca, wow at the art deco elevator at Hıdıv Kasrı, eat fish with a great view of the Bosphorus and the bridges at Çengelköy, explore a small but exquisite palace at Beylerbeyi, enjoy quaint Anadolu Hisarı, see the judas bloom at the Tema park ......

 

Have I sold it enough? Do I need to add call in and see us at Greenhouse in Kadıköy?

 

Thanks Marion, this is what I need.

35.       MarioninTurkey
6124 posts
 14 Feb 2010 Sun 09:42 pm

 

Quoting Trudy

 

 

Thanks Marion, this is what I need.

 

 Have fun on "our" side of the city!

36.       foka
597 posts
 14 Feb 2010 Sun 10:10 pm

 

Quoting MarioninTurkey

 

 

 Have fun on "our" side of the city!

 

  why i didnt ask same question 2 weeks ago....i lost so many places....

but i was on Kadikoy market and Uskudar...also islands...( but honestly they are wonderful in summer time, especially Buyuk Ada)

i love asian side

 

and Trudy of course enjoy your time there....bring to us new stories and pictures

cheers

E.



Edited (2/14/2010) by foka [..]

37.       Daydreamer
3743 posts
 14 Feb 2010 Sun 11:31 pm

I went to the Islands in February and they were fabulous. I had two nice guides with me though and they told me to bring some bread for sea gulls

38.       foka
597 posts
 14 Feb 2010 Sun 11:36 pm

 

Quoting Daydreamer

I went to the Islands in February and they were fabulous. I had two nice guides with me though and they told me to bring some bread for sea gulls

 

  im sure they were nice DD and im not claiming for guides only for weather .....snow and rain went with me to Istanbul, and in febuary you cant enjoy your eyes with flowers on Buyuk Ada , thats why i voting for island trip in summer time

39.       Daydreamer
3743 posts
 15 Feb 2010 Mon 12:09 am

flowers? who cares about flowers, there are date trees!

40.       ptaszek
440 posts
 15 Feb 2010 Mon 12:16 am

 

Quoting Daydreamer

flowers? who cares about flowers, there are date trees!

 

 DD{#emotions_dlg.get_you}{#emotions_dlg.scared}you sound like yilgun{#emotions_dlg.scared}

41.       Daydreamer
3743 posts
 15 Feb 2010 Mon 01:24 am

 

Quoting ptaszek

 

 

 DD{#emotions_dlg.get_you}{#emotions_dlg.scared}you sound like yilgun{#emotions_dlg.scared}

 

huh? how come? I haven´t made a single list nor have I used the plural first personal pronoun. Have I? {#emotions_dlg.unsure}

42.       ptaszek
440 posts
 15 Feb 2010 Mon 01:25 am

 

Quoting Daydreamer

 

 

huh? how come? I haven´t made a single list nor have I used the plural first personal pronoun. Have I? {#emotions_dlg.unsure}

 

 flowers!!!!

yilgun says"no time for flowers!!!"

43.       Daydreamer
3743 posts
 15 Feb 2010 Mon 01:54 am

 

Quoting ptaszek

 

 

 flowers!!!!

yilgun says"no time for flowers!!!"

 

he does? I haven´t heard this one from him. And I´m still goign to argue that I differ from him. I said who cares about flowers, not that there´s no time for them lol

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