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by halliep
Mon Apr 17, 2006 8:22 pm
Forum: Tours & Itineraries
Topic: 9 days in Istanbul
Replies: 8
Views: 8106

I think I posted some recomendations in the Istanbul Restaurants forum but I'll give them to you again. There's a koftecisi at the start of Divan Yolu - you can't miss it. Just look for the crowds. The sign says 1920, which is how long they've been there, and all they do is shish and kofte. The food...
by halliep
Mon Apr 17, 2006 6:39 pm
Forum: Tours & Itineraries
Topic: 9 days in Istanbul
Replies: 8
Views: 8106

Adam - Tekfur Sarayi, Kariye Camii and the walls are about a 20-minute cab right from Sultanahmet and are all right together. This was on our itinerary but we weren't able to get to it, much to my regret. We ran out of time. But the restaurant Asitane is out there too and it's supposed to have some ...
by halliep
Sat Apr 15, 2006 11:43 pm
Forum: Tours & Itineraries
Topic: Ephesus tour guide - end June 2006
Replies: 3
Views: 4156

We really had a good time with our guide. His name is Harun Re?it with Castle Travel. He's based in Kusadasi. The number is 00.90.544.844.63.10, or you can speak to Erdo?an Demir at Tur-ISTA and he can put you in contact. Harun is really laid-back with a good sense of humor but his history is spot-o...
by halliep
Sat Apr 15, 2006 11:36 pm
Forum: Tours & Itineraries
Topic: 9 days in Istanbul
Replies: 8
Views: 8106

One more thing about the museums - what's wonderful about the museums in Istanbul is the unbelievable accessibility to antiquities. You can go right up and touch a 3000-year-old statue, or a 2500-year-old granite sarcophagus. You can run your hands over the mosaics at the Great Palace Mosaics Museum...
by halliep
Sat Apr 15, 2006 11:30 pm
Forum: Talking Turkish
Topic: Asking permission to photograph
Replies: 15
Views: 26468

Hi! "Can I take your photograph" is one of the phrases my daughter and I learned before we left and it got the biggest "wows" from the locals (of course, then they'd start rattling off in Turkish and completely lose us). I don't know how it's spelled in Turkish but phonetically it's foh-toh-rahf che...
by halliep
Tue Apr 11, 2006 5:12 pm
Forum: Istanbul Restaurants
Topic: Four days in Istanbul
Replies: 5
Views: 15897

I missed so much - more than just the börek! There was just so little time. But thanks for clarifying the name of the treat we enjoyed. I can taste it again, just thinking about it.
by halliep
Mon Apr 10, 2006 9:35 pm
Forum: Turkish Tea House!
Topic: August Honeymoon itinerary
Replies: 6
Views: 6634

When we were in Ephesus last week our tour guide commented on how many trees had been removed from the site. His exact words about this summer were "we're going to cook out here", so he's expecting very little relief from the heat. I don't know if that will affect your decision or not but I thought ...
by halliep
Mon Apr 10, 2006 9:02 pm
Forum: Istanbul Restaurants
Topic: Four days in Istanbul
Replies: 5
Views: 15897

These are the places we ate at and enjoyed, some for the food, some just for the atmosphere. Hamdi - on a rooftop overlooking the Galata Bridge. Great service and the food is not WOW but good, with the exception of the spinach yoghurt dip which was definitely in the WOW category. The view is very ve...
by halliep
Mon Apr 10, 2006 8:27 pm
Forum: Istanbul Hotels
Topic: Empress Zoe Hotel
Replies: 4
Views: 8270

We just spent three nights at the Empress Zoe (April 1-4) and really enjoyed it. The pictures on the website make the rooms look a bit larger than they really are, and at first we were a little wary. But by the end of our stay we were sad to leave. The chain hotels might offer larger rooms (for a la...
by halliep
Mon Apr 10, 2006 6:49 pm
Forum: The Grand Bazaar
Topic: bargaining tips...
Replies: 3
Views: 10546

bargaining tips...

It's true what the guide books say about the hawkers in Sultanahmet. They literally come out of the woodwork and step on your heels following you down the street asking questions in fourteen different languages until something registers. I found that a simple flick of the head and a "hayir" sent the...