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our trip to istanbul
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1.       Johnk
468 posts
 15 Jun 2008 Sun 04:32 pm

thanks to everyone who recommended places to visit and how much time we should allow. it was great help. we left yesterday and really enjoyed. went to blue mosque/aya sofia/ cisterns/topkapi palce/ grand bazaar/galata tower and dolmabahce palace. did not have time for ortakoy pier or trip on ferries.
dolmabahce palace was one of best places ever visited in our lives.
taxis very cheap so used them alot. also surprised that eating out was not expensive for a city.meals were exceptional.
i dont normnally like big cities but this was an exception. a different culture that made it so interesting.its a mad place with so many people and traffic.
will defintely go back as sure so much to see. but am also now interested in seeing more of rest of turkey. can anyone recommend anywhere else.i believe bursa is worth visiting.
now in comparative peacefulness of north cyprus. will put on my turkey t shirt i bought in taksim square for the big match tonight.

2.       sonunda
5004 posts
 15 Jun 2008 Sun 05:45 pm

Glad you had a good time. İ recommend a road trip-every day fantastic and varied scenery,different foods,different cultures etc etc and all in the same country!

3.       Johnk
468 posts
 15 Jun 2008 Sun 06:57 pm

have followed your journey with interest. sounds great. I would have to improve my turkish first.

4.       sonunda
5004 posts
 17 Jun 2008 Tue 03:51 pm

You could start in the west-there are so many places over there to explore and English is more widely spoken especially south of İzmir. That whole coast right the way round to Antalya is great!

5.       Johnk
468 posts
 18 Jun 2008 Wed 08:57 am

i think i will take your advice and look at west coast next. i can get by with my turkish in shops and restaurants etc but will need more for travelling. just started lessons with turkish teacher.

6.       tamikidakika
1346 posts
 18 Jun 2008 Wed 10:32 am

Quoting Johnk:


dolmabahce palace was one of best places ever visited in our lives.



It`s weird that you liked the Dolmabahce palace that much. It is just a bad imitation of the Versailles palace.

Quoting Johnk:


i believe bursa is worth visiting.



I wouldn`t recommend Bursa unless you`re going to Uludag. There isn`t much to see in the city. Anywhere on the Agean coast would suit you better.

7.       Johnk
468 posts
 20 Jun 2008 Fri 11:52 am

never been to versailles though have seen pictures and tv progs about it.so cant really compare.will get there one day.

someone recommended bursa on one of message boards.I need to do some homework first as i dont know much about west coast yet.

8.       uzeyir
268 posts
 20 Jun 2008 Fri 12:09 pm

Quote:

I wouldn`t recommend Bursa unless you`re going to Uludag. There isn`t much to see in the city. Anywhere on the Agean coast would suit you better.



Well I'm not writing these because I'm a citizen of Bursa but I've been here since I was born and there're lots of things to explore.I'm sure I know Bursa better than a tour guide who just takes you to several mosques and tombs, does.
Fortunately Bursa's tourists are well-educated people who are interested in the history and the culture-they aren't like 3rd class building constractors' foreign wives without social polish who don't do anything except sunbathing.
I don't want to make anyone offended but I think my message has been delivered.

9.       serhattugral
210 posts
 20 Jun 2008 Fri 12:43 pm

Quote:

Quoting uzeyir:

I wouldn`t recommend Bursa unless you`re going to Uludag. There isn`t much to see in the city. Anywhere on the Agean coast would suit you better.



Well I'm not writing these because I'm a citizen of Bursa but I've been here since I was born and there're lots of things to explore.I'm sure I know Bursa better than a tour guide who just takes you to several mosques and tombs, does.
Fortunately Bursa's tourists are well-educated people who are interested in the history and the culture-they aren't like 3rd class building constractors' foreign wives without social polish who don't do anything except sunbathing.
I don't want to make anyone offended but I think my message has been delivered.


I think you may go to Bursa only to eat famous "İskender Kebap" and you dont need any other reason. The restaurant was established at 1850 and serving to its customers today. Look that its history older or near many countries at the world. To visit 150 years old restaurant and enjoy its special meal is an enouh reason according to me.

PS 1: I am 105 Kgs weight
PS 2: I am not a citizen of Bursa
PS 3: See this link about "İskender Kebap";
http://kebapciiskender.com.tr/tr/?PID=21

10.       uzeyir
268 posts
 20 Jun 2008 Fri 01:49 pm

Quote:

I think you may go to Bursa only to eat famous "İskender Kebap" and you dont need any other reason. The restaurant was established at 1850 and serving to its customers today. Look that its history older or near many countries at the world. To visit 150 years old restaurant and enjoy its special meal is an enouh reason according to me.

PS 1: I am 105 Kgs weight
PS 2: I am not a citizen of Bursa
PS 3: See this link about "İskender Kebap";
http://kebapciiskender.com.tr/tr/?PID=21



I'm sure you come here only to eat İskender

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