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Old 01-07-2018, 01:40 AM
 
Location: Ankara, Turkey
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Can I say we were in Turkey at the end of April, early May and the weather was great. We did not know that there were so many tulips in Istanbul. Was a very pleasant surprise.
You were there in the right time for the tulip festival. It’s between 01-30 april in Istanbul. Actually, tulips are native to central asia and Turkey. On the 16th century they were brought to Holland from Turkey and quickly became widely popular.

https://worldloveflowers.com/events/...festival-2018/

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Old 01-07-2018, 03:01 PM
 
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Having been to some 50 odd countries, Turkey may be my favorite. We had the most amazing trip there - loved the food, the people, the history. Istanbul is my favorite city and we were fortunate enough to explore Cappadocia, Selcuk/Ephesus, Aprodisias/Pammukale, Priene, Miletus and Didyma, as well as some towns in between as well. I would love to go back since there is so much more to see!
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Old 01-11-2018, 09:44 AM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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How big of a problem is overcrowding in Istanbul? The population supposed increased from 8 to 14 million from 2000 to 2015. Does that amount of growth sound correct?
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Old 01-11-2018, 02:10 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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Does anybody still call it Constantinople? :-)
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Old 01-12-2018, 12:41 AM
 
Location: Ankara, Turkey
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How big of a problem is overcrowding in Istanbul? The population supposed increased from 8 to 14 million from 2000 to 2015. Does that amount of growth sound correct?
The amount of growth you mentioned is correct. The population of the city currently is about 14.5 million. The population was growing at a rate of about 3-4% per year but after 2010 it seems to have slowed down to a rate of about 1-2% per year. 65% of the residents live on the European side and 35% live on the Asian side.

https://www.researchgate.net/figure/...316785876_fig1

I live in Ankara which has a population of 5 million. With regards to the overcrowding problem in Istanbul, may be the poster from Istanbul can give you more information.
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Old 01-12-2018, 12:53 AM
 
Location: Ankara, Turkey
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Does anybody still call it Constantinople? :-)
I haven’t heard anyone in Istanbul call it Constantinople but I heard these guys


https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rmlzSAW_ToI
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Old 01-12-2018, 03:08 PM
 
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Does anybody still call it Constantinople? :-)
I know some Greeks that still do, but I think most of them joke around with it. Even they realize that it's been over 500 years since the city was last under their control.
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Old 01-13-2018, 11:22 PM
 
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How ubiquitous are Turkish bronze antique Bazaars outside of a gift store, and into a café, bar, or nightlife venue? Are they only in Istanbul for the entire national display. Utopia feel atmosphere: https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8202/8...342e6aae_b.jpg
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Old 02-08-2018, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Finland
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Selen, I will ask you as that guy doesn't seem to return.

- I've heard that Erdoman/Erdogay has had quite a crusade against alcohol. Have you noticed that it's nowadays morally less acceptable to drink?

- And another thing I heard (I watched a documentary today about Turkey) is that after the coup attempt, people have started snitching and calling out their neighbours for being politically "suspicious" or acting "immoral" (like not wearing scarves and for example drinking).

Then a bit less serious question:

- Do you like Serbian accordion music?
Two of the persons appearing anonymous in the documentary have been tracked down and arrested. The other one is suspected of "terrorism propaganda". Sad.

Finlandiya TV’sinden FETÖ'cü avı - Son Dakika Güncel Haberleri | AKŞAM
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Old 02-09-2018, 01:17 AM
 
Location: Ankara, Turkey
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Two of the persons appearing anonymous in the documentary have been tracked down and arrested. The other one is suspected of "terrorism propaganda". Sad.

Finlandiya TV’sinden FETÖ'cü avı - Son Dakika Güncel Haberleri | AKŞAM
OK well actually I have zero sympathy for this US spy religious cult. They collaborated with the current political Islamist government in order to get rid of and imprison secular people in military, police, judiciary and everywhere you can think of with false accusations. They only started fighting recently among themselves for power. Their common enemy is us, the seculars.
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