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pulhampete 7:33 Wed May 8
Istanbul
Going for five nights at the end of May.

Any tips?

I'll bring back a kebab for the person who gives the most helpful advice.

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goose 11:53 Sat May 11
Re: Istanbul
Still not allowed to go there with work, too unsafe.
Don’t read the list of terror incidents in instanbul, it’ll put you right off.

pulhampete 11:47 Sat May 11
Re: Istanbul
Cheers for all the advice, WHO can always be relied upon.

WHU(Exeter) 4:01 Fri May 10
Re: Istanbul
I know!...the fish made it. Might be a temporary thing?...was like it in April.

You noticed the smell straight away, but by the time you get to that head of Medusa column bit, it stank like you were in the middle of a rubbish tip in high summer.

OccupyGreenStreet 3:58 Fri May 10
Re: Istanbul
Exeter- jeez hadn’t heard that, was an incredible place. Impressive architecture but also weird with all the fish down there and the light and shadows on the pools.

WHU(Exeter) 3:33 Fri May 10
Re: Istanbul
Green Street - The Basilica Cistern...for some reason all the water has now gone and obviously the fish with it - lost a lot of the effect and it also now stinks to the point of wanting to nick one of those face masks off the nearest Japanese tourist...

WHU(Exeter) 12:36 Fri May 10
Re: Istanbul
Thought of some other good places to eat, would recommend these if you are near any of them...

Meshur Filibe Kofte - Serkeci (not far from the main train station there)

Antiochia
Babel

Both in Beyoglu

If you want to get away from the crowds for a day of it, Balat and Fener are worth wandering round, ditto some of the places up on the Bosphorus - you can get to most of them on a ferry from Eminonu

AnotherDay_SameShit 12:19 Fri May 10
Re: Istanbul
Darby - Sure, Istanbul def first on the list.

Anyone got an opinion on Warsaw? I'm gonna be going to East Europe next summer and want to take in a few cities..

Gavros 12:01 Fri May 10
Re: Istanbul
Apart from the Parthenon, Athens is really quite shit. Istanbul is at least ten times the city Athens is.

Darby_ 11:00 Fri May 10
Re: Istanbul
AnotherDay, Istanbul is great. Much better than boring old Athens. Don’t hurry there, though, the country will be a lot happier place after they get rid of that shitbird Erdogan.

AnotherDay_SameShit 8:39 Fri May 10
Re: Istanbul
Istanbul and Athens is on my to do list at some point, but want to do more of Eastern Europe first. A great area to visit.

normannomates 5:08 Fri May 10
Re: Istanbul
Not really sure what was going on.

normannomates 5:03 Fri May 10
Re: Istanbul
MART O

BIG NORM?

FUCK OFF YOU MUG

I'M 5'8

SEE YA SUNDAY?

Mart O 3:32 Fri May 10
Re: Istanbul
Don't worry BIG NORM. They hate you too.

Well, they would. If they knew you existed.

normannomates 3:14 Fri May 10
Re: Istanbul
I hate the cunts..

WHU(Exeter) 6:30 Thu May 9
Re: Istanbul
Been half a dozen times

Best kebab I have ever eaten - Durum Zade -

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g293974-d2221573-Reviews-Durumzade-Istanbul.html

It's worth looking for if you are in Beyoglu

Favourite site for me is the Aya Sofia - like others have said though you'll need to queue quite a while to get into the top 4 or 5 tourist attractions and with the Topkapi Palace need 2 hours or so at least to get around it all.

With the Aya Sofia - personally when I visit it now I have headphones and music on and just wander around the place taking it in, rather than following the crowds and the guides etc looking at it all consecutively.

If you go to the Asian side of the city Kadikoy is decent for bars - out of the ferry, cross the road, head up and right through the market there.

Loads of bars in Beyoglu - Nevizade St most liveliest.

Transport is brilliant - get an Istanbul card and you can get around on bus, metro, ferry for peanuts and rarely have to wait more than a few minutes for connections.

Galata tower is worth going up - amazing sights from the top.

Bosphorus boat trip is a lot better than the Golden Horn ones..

OccupyGreenStreet 12:13 Thu May 9
Re: Istanbul
Amazing city, beautiful location on the water and seems to spread out further even than London. Loved it when I went, but this is a few years ago, and Turkish friends tell me Erdogan has completely ruined a lot of the chilled everyday vibe it had.

Stayed in Beyoglu/Pera and went out around Istiklal mostly, lots of nice bars and a few clubs. One we went in was about four floors, different kinds of music and DJs on each floor, rooftop garden.

The Basilica Cistern was a must see, as are Agia Sophia etc. if you don't mind a queue. Best kebabs and ayran was on the right top of Istiklal coming into Taksim square. The ferry across from Besiktas to the Asian side is great too.

Gavros 11:19 Thu May 9
Re: Istanbul
Such jealousy from the sort of people who think a package holiday to lanzarote to be exotic.

Lee Trundle 11:17 Thu May 9
Re: Istanbul
GAVVY sees himself as the Judith Chalmers of WHO.

Unfortunately for him, everyone else sees him as Jay from the Inbetweeners.

Gavros 11:16 Thu May 9
Re: Istanbul
So what's your problem, you nobhead?

yes I've been to many countries. So fucking what?

Block 11:15 Thu May 9
Re: Istanbul
I'm the sad cunt?

I don't pretend to have visited every country on planet earth.

I have indeed, to multiple countries.

Gavros 11:11 Thu May 9
Re: Istanbul
Youre a proper sad cunt, Bolty. Again I'll ask, have you ever actually been abroad?

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