February 7, 2013 4:23 AM Subscribe
It's my birthday this weekend (hooray!) and I've just found out from my wife that my present is a trip to Istanbul. Tomorrow morning.
Ordinarily I'm kind of an obsessive travel planner but since I only just found out I haven't spent the past month digging around and I'm fairly clueless about the city. I know MrsPerkins has done a lot of planning so I'm not worried about being stuck for things to do but I'd love to hear any general advice, suggestions for things we really shouldn't miss and anything else about the city it would be cool to check out (restaurants, cafes, aquariums, bakeries...that sort of thing).
Some further details in case they're useful; we're going to be there from Friday to Monday, we're reasonably experienced travellers neither one of us has been anywhere in Turkey before and we're interested in all sorts of experiences but I'm definitely very interested in food (the one thing I've already looked up is recommendations for baklava). Specifically, I'm a student of what my wife calls 'cookie tourism' which involves experiencing a destination through the consumption of any crisps, chocolate, biscuits, sweets and junk/fast/street food of all varieties endemic to the region.
Finally, bonus points for suggestions of anything nice I could arrange to express my gratitude for this frankly awesome present bearing in mind that I'm at my desk at work for the rest of the day and leaving first thing in the morning (so planning over email/internet is better than phone) and I don't know what else we're up to while we're there so I can't really commit to specific times or locations. Basically something I might be able to acquire or arrange opportunistically while I'm there if/when I get the chance.
Thanks in advance.