April 25, 2011 12:11 PM Subscribe
I’m beginning to think about a trip to Istanbul (from the DC area) in September or October (dates somewhat flexible). Detailed questions and background inside…
posted by JoanArkham to travel & transportation around Istanbul, Turkey (25 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I lived in Ankara for two years in high school, but that was a long time ago…1986 to 1988. I never managed to get to Istanbul though, mostly because I was busy being a sullen teen. Also, I never really learned Turkish, except for a few words, and I pretty much only remember “hello” and “goodbye” at this point. Questions:
Tour/no tour? I’m pretty much against any sort of tour, but at the same time I’m kind of intimidated at the thought of doing this all myself. We had a great time on our own in London, but this seems a bit more difficult due to the language barrier.
Where to stay? We’re not into “luxury” but we’re not “hostel-type people” either. We love small boutique hotels, but I’m not sure if anything like that exists in Istanbul.
What to do? We like to walk, eat, go to museums, and see live local rock music. We are not into anything sporty or beachy or overly touristy.
Where/what to eat? I love Turkish food, and am pretty familiar with the basics, but Mr. Arkham doesn’t eat meat or poultry (only fish). Will he be stuck with salads and cheese?
General tips? Safety issues? Photography etiquette? I’m somewhat familiar with the culture, but I know Istanbul is much more cosmopolitan than Ankara…and I’m sure things have changed in over 20 (!) years.
Thanks for any info you can provide…already bookmarked all the previous Istanbul questions I could find. AskMefi is the best travel resource ever!