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Help me maximize my Istanbul time

It turns out that the least bad of pretty terrible options for getting from Capetown to Ouagadougou on the day I want is via a 12 hour layover in Istanbul. Help me make the best use of my time! [more inside]
posted by solotoro on Sep 11, 2014 - 7 answers

We're moving to Istanbul! Tell me what I need to know

Actually, we will be living in Zekeriyakoy, north of the city, but I am guessing a lot of my questions could be answered by Istanbul residents, past and present. [more inside]
posted by Megami on Aug 14, 2014 - 4 answers

What happened to these men's scalps?

On Saturday (the 28th) in Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, I saw three men who looked like they had burns or injuries to their scalps (two were together, one was separate). What was I seeing? [more inside]
posted by Rora on Jun 29, 2014 - 3 answers

Wedding Present Sites and Ideas for a Dear Turkish Friend

Websites to purchase and have wedding gift delivered to Istanbul?... And what should I get her? [more inside]
posted by travellingincognito on Apr 30, 2014 - 4 answers

Istanbul versus Berlin

I've been accepted to two summer programs in two great cities! I am indecisive and have only a few more days to decide which travel grant to accept. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Apr 26, 2014 - 20 answers

Adventure, but not too much adventure

I am planning on going to Turkey at the end of November for just shy of two weeks and am looking for a couple of pieces of advice: Is a side trip to Cairo alone for two days a terrible decision? And are there lodgings in Istanbul where it is easy to meet other travelers that don't involve giant dorms and drunken twenty somethings? [more inside]
posted by HonoriaGlossop on Apr 22, 2014 - 2 answers

Who were these men in white robes and what exactly where they wearing?

A few weeks ago I was transiting through the airport in Istanbul, Turkey, and saw several men wearing odd robes. These were more like long towels than robes. The material seemed like white terry cloth bath towels, but could have been wool or another thicker material. They appeared to have one wrapped around their waists and another draped over one shoulder, although it could have been one long section. Each section would have been roughly 3' x 10' (1mx3m), or 3' x 20' if all in one. Now I am wondering, who were these men, what were they wearing and why were they dressed like that? [more inside]
posted by Yorrick on Mar 16, 2014 - 5 answers

Neighborhood and hotel Recs for Istanbul visit

I'm visiting Istanbul in May, we were originally going to stay near Taksim square, but I'm wondering if we should re-think because of the protests. Has anyone been there recently, or any locals able to make some recommendations?
posted by allysahn on Feb 3, 2014 - 7 answers

One Day in Istanbul

I'll be traveling to Hong Kong/China this February, with a one-day (19 hour) layover in Istanbul. What's the best use of my time there? [more inside]
posted by Curiosity Delay on Nov 25, 2013 - 6 answers

10 days in Turkey and Greece in Feburary?

So, we're able to get an AMAZING deal on Airfare to Istanbul in February 16th - 25th. Looking for tips and advice for our visit. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Nov 6, 2013 - 10 answers

2 weeks in Turkey - how do we use our time wisely?

The DingoWife and I will be honeymooning in Turkey this 2-16 November, and based on inputs to our last question, we'll be doing it on our own, sans-tour package. Now we would love input as we pin down our itinerary. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by DingoMutt on Oct 16, 2013 - 13 answers

Public hygiene help for Istanbul Gezi Park

How to sustain public hygiene and battle possible health hazards, possibly with strong chemicals, without poisoning the soil or thousands of people? [more inside]
posted by procrastinator on Jun 10, 2013 - 11 answers

Honeymoon in Turkey

My fiancee and I are considering Turkey for our honeymoon next October. Should we take a pre-arranged tour or book all our own hotels, in-country travel, etc.? Our considerations are money and how much effort it will be to plan a long trip to a new place in addition to a wedding. [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats on Feb 22, 2013 - 6 answers

Turkish Delight?

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). [more inside]
posted by VoltairePerkins on Feb 7, 2013 - 32 answers

Everyone else put 'Not Constantinople' here

Where to stay in Istanbul? [more inside]
posted by overhauser on Nov 17, 2012 - 16 answers

Looking for advice on taking short business trips to far places. (And maybe extending those trips for non-business visiting)

Looking for advice on taking short business trips to far places. (And maybe extending those trips for non-business visiting) [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Nov 8, 2012 - 6 answers

Where to go in Turkey

I am going to Turkey for two weeks next spring -- the last week of April and the first week of May. Other than Istanbul, where should I consider going? [more inside]
posted by jeather on Aug 27, 2012 - 14 answers

Where to go? What to do?

My planned holiday to Europe in Sept/Oct has been postponed, and now I have three weeks to go..... somewhere. I'm female, early thirties and will be flying out of Sydney. I enjoy my own company and love to travel. Please suggest places to go and things to do that I will enjoy by myself. Preferences after the jump. [more inside]
posted by kjs4 on Aug 1, 2012 - 17 answers

refugee work in Istanbul

refugee work/volunteering in Istanbul [more inside]
posted by saraindc on Jun 22, 2012 - 1 answer

Istanbul vs Iceland

Travel decisions: Iceland or Istanbul? [more inside]
posted by girlalex on May 13, 2012 - 19 answers

What to read before Athens and Istanbul

What books, apart from travel guides, should I read before traveling to Athens and Istanbul? [more inside]
posted by CheeseLouise on Jan 17, 2012 - 8 answers

How to tutor the GMAT

How to become a free-lance GMAT tutor in Istanbul [more inside]
posted by saraindc on Oct 7, 2011 - 1 answer

Seeking advice on gifts to bring back from Istanbul

Seeking ideas for a wedding gift to buy during our upcoming Istanbul trip, as well as smaller souvenirs to bring back for friends. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Sep 6, 2011 - 8 answers

Constantinople cash carrying

Where can I buy a money belt in Istanbul? [more inside]
posted by trouserlouse on Aug 22, 2011 - 4 answers

Istanbul or Buenos Aires in December?

My boyfriend and I are kicking around the idea of going to Turkey (mainly Istanbul) OR Argentina (mainly Buenos Aires) in December. Have you been? What are these cities like in the winter? How expensive are they? [more inside]
posted by Hwaet on Aug 12, 2011 - 12 answers

A 6.5 month preggo flying 18 hours to Turkey – yea/nay?

I love traveling, but is taking an overseas trip to Istanbul at 6.5 months pregnant ill-advised? [more inside]
posted by allisonrae on Jul 29, 2011 - 27 answers

How do Istanbul street traders make a living?

Street traders in Istanbul - how can they possibly make a living? Or are they stooges for crime? [more inside]
posted by Hugobaron on Jul 11, 2011 - 9 answers

Should I buy currency now in case the US dollar falls before my big trip?

Should I buy some Turkish currency now, ahead of my two-week September trip to Istanbul, to hedge against the (hopefully remote) possibility that U.S. politicians will not raise the debt ceiling by August? Or euros? Are there other steps I should take now to protect myself, just in case? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Jun 30, 2011 - 11 answers

Layover in Amsterdam and what to do in Istanbul when you're vegan?

My girlfriend and I are about to go to Istanbul for the first time, and we have some questions. [more inside]
posted by ndicecco on Jun 28, 2011 - 10 answers

Turkey trot

IstanbulFilter: help me identify this building in Istanbul. [more inside]
posted by taramosalata on Jun 26, 2011 - 4 answers

Primal eating in Istanbul?

What are some primal/slow-carb/low-carb dishes I can find in restaurants in Istanbul, Turkey? [more inside]
posted by jacob on May 9, 2011 - 2 answers

How much money should I bring to Turkey?

How much pocket money should I bring to Turkey? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on May 3, 2011 - 17 answers

Not Constantinople

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… [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Apr 25, 2011 - 25 answers

Turkey in the 1800s - Question about day-to-day details.

Turkey/Istanbul/Constantinople/19th Century History question. I need some help discovering some basic cultural info - naming conventions, religious practices and beliefs, headwear details. All specific to Istanbul/Constantinople between 1790s and 1820s. Specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by TangoCharlie on Apr 11, 2011 - 10 answers

Need a magic carpet

Need advice for the quickest, cheapest route to go from the Greek isle of Milos to Istanbul. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Jun 8, 2010 - 2 answers

Not Constantinople

Need lodging suggestions for a week in Istanbul in June/July. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Jun 1, 2010 - 10 answers

Help me learn about Turkish carpets?

Please help me learn about buying Turkish carpets? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan on May 12, 2010 - 9 answers

Yeah well we're Americans and that's the time off we get.

My SO and I are planning on taking about 9 days for a vacation and would like to spend about 3 days in London and 4 in Istanbul (plus travel time to and from New York). [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on May 12, 2010 - 16 answers

Songs for a great Istanbullu mix?

Help me make an awesome Istanbul travel mixtape! [more inside]
posted by mckenney on Apr 22, 2010 - 15 answers

tales of overseas ivf, please!

overseas IVF...anyone done it? any advice about any of it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 9, 2010 - 5 answers

I'd give her some booze to cope with the job, but I don't want to scare her too soon.

I'm making a "Welcome" gift basket for our new live-in nanny, in Turkey. What should I include? [more inside]
posted by hasna on Dec 14, 2009 - 10 answers

Istanbul cost of living

Cost of living in Istanbul? [more inside]
posted by saraindc on Dec 7, 2009 - 7 answers

Kiva Han

Where is the first coffee house in the world? [more inside]
posted by xanthippe on Nov 3, 2009 - 4 answers

Help me go everywhere but Babylon

Middle East Travel Advice: I'm flying to Istanbul next Sunday, and then have about 3 weeks to travel overland between Istanbul and Cairo. Where should I go? What should I see? I need some advice, and first-person experience and anecdotes are especially welcome. [more inside]
posted by foodmapper on Jun 8, 2009 - 9 answers

Nine Hours in Istanbul

I'm arriving at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul nine hours before my connecting flight. I was wondering what recommendations people had for how to spend this time? I can't do anything too involved as I need to be back at the airport a few hours before my flight, but I would like to see something of the city! Thank you!
posted by slowcat on May 1, 2009 - 9 answers

Does beer exist in Istanbul?

Does good beer or wine exist in Turkey? I'm staying in Istanbul for a few months. I've found the local food quite nice, but the beer & wine suck mightily. How do I find imported Belgian or German beer, or good French or Spanish wine. I hear Georgian wine is basically the best Eastern European wine. How might one find it? What about Greek options? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges on Apr 27, 2009 - 11 answers

Calling all Bucureşteni and Istanbullus

I'm planning on "work-traveling" through Europe and Asia, and am looking for advice on where to live in Bucharest and Istanbul. [more inside]
posted by mammary16 on Mar 10, 2009 - 7 answers

Istanbul Travel Tips

TravelWiki: Tips, Suggestions or Advice on Things to do in Istanbul. Off to Istanbul for 5 days (4ppl -2 Couples). What must we do? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Mar 4, 2009 - 10 answers

Should I cancel my travel to Istanbul?

I'm jewish (non israeli) and in 3 weeks I'll be travelling from israel to Istanbul for 3 days. Should I reconsider for security reasons in view of Gaza's events?
posted by Manouk on Jan 6, 2009 - 12 answers

Istanbul on New Year's Eve?

What should I do in Istanbul on New Year's Eve? [more inside]
posted by rsk on Dec 17, 2008 - 2 answers

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