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Old 04-05-2011, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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Heading out to India this summer, and I'm thinking about making a 4 day pit stop in Istanbul. It seems like an interesting place, but I don't know too much about it. How is the overall safety? I'm not talking about petty crime or having to worry about my bag getting snatched if i leave it unattended.. I have common traveler's sense. I am thinking more in terms of terrorism/pollitical turmoil and/or violent crime.
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Old 04-05-2011, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Airports all over the world
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I was in Istanbul just last week. From what I saw, things seemed normal. I have read that Turkey has a low rate of violent crime.
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Old 04-05-2011, 08:35 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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I was in Istanbul just last week. From what I saw, things seemed normal. I have read that Turkey has a low rate of violent crime.

Awesome, that didn't take too much convincing. Turkey it is
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Old 04-06-2011, 12:33 AM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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One concern I do have is that I have read about airplanes being hijacked in Turkey. Is this really a threat? How is Turkish security? Have they stepped it up over the years?
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Old 04-06-2011, 03:06 AM
 
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I have friends who have visited and loved it.
My sister-in-law returned with a stomach virus, but she still loved it as well.
It's a long ways off, but we're looking at going for summer of 2012.
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Old 04-06-2011, 03:58 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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I just got back from Istanbul last month and it felt incredibly safe as well as being a really clean city. The only thing I hate about it is all the guys trying to sell you stuff on the streets and trying to get you to eat in their restaurants. It really does wear thin after a while....

Istanbul is simply a fantastic city and there is so much to see and do. Must sees are of course the Haghia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Suleyman Mosque. Byzantine underground cistern, fabulous Museum of Archeaology, Topkapi Museum, Museum of Islamic and Turkish Art, Hagia Irene ( a small Byzantyne Church which now has a fabulous small archeaological museum in it).

One place I recommend to eat ( the only place in the whole of SultanAhmet where were were never harassed by anyone to come in) is "Sofa" , lovely food ( try the Turkish Salad and Koften cooked on clay tile), lovely staff and also a great place just to chill and have a drink. It is about one minute walk from the Blue Mosque on "M. Mehmet Ağa Caddesi "road.

Also on the street opposite Albura Katishma was quite good but the best thing about it was the amazing Byzantine underground Palace . it forms part of the old Bucoleon Palace now mostly gone which apparently left the crusaders speechless, so rich and luxurious it was.


If you get a chance a cruise up the Bosphorous is also a good thing to do as well as a trip to the Princes' Islands ( Buyukada is the biggest Island a lovely place to spend day).

Public transport in Istanbul is very cheap, efficient and clean and Turkish people are extremely friendly and polite. Turkish food is gorgeous and one of the healthiest cuisines you can have too.

If you wanted somewhere lovely to stay I would strongly recommend Hotel "Sari Konak" which is a small boutique Hotel right in the heart of SultanAhmet. Istanbul Hotel Sari Konak-Boutique Hotel In Istanbul Turkey . It was a perfect place to be and the staff could not have been friendlier and more helpful. It is a renovated Ottoman house and a perfect haven of peace as the street is so quiet ( apart from the omnipresent Muezin sounds from the Blue Mosque).
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Old 04-07-2011, 05:16 AM
 
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I've been there and will be visiting again...
I was going to suggest that Mooseketeer would be a good person to contact, and here she is.
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Old 04-08-2011, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Viña del Mar, Chile
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The sari konak looks like an awesome hotel, but I'm afraid 150/night is going to be a bit out of my price range due to the fact that I'll be budgeting out a 40+ day travel. Do know of any hotels in the 50-60/night range?
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Old 04-10-2011, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Earth
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burgler, here are a few websites that I use:

bedandbreakfast.com
laterooms.com
hotelscombined.com
booking.com
hotels.com
hotel.com (they're different sites)

Good luck.

I saw the whirling dervishes at the last train station of the Orient Express.
It was nice.
When you go to the bazaar, get a card from the shops where you find something, or, just buy it at that shop. You may never find your location again. It's huge and wonderful.
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Old 07-25-2011, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Oxnard, CA
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I am going to be in Istanbul for a layover just one night....can anyone recommend a nice hotel near the airport???? Never been to Turkey before.....might have some time to adventure out but I doubt it because I will probably have jetlag...
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