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MT89 Posted on 13/08/2019 11:54
Is Istanbul worth visiting?
 
 
Looking for a new City Break destination, done most of Eastern Europe, is Istanbul worth a go for a bit of culture?

Weathers not exactly great in March/April but flights around 80 return.
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mborolad Posted on 13/08/2019 11:55

Is Istanbul worth visiting?

 
Amazing City!!

I was not expecting much but its modern/clean/cheap....and so much to do!!

Ill be going back next year [^]
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CountOfCleveland Posted on 13/08/2019 12:02
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Is Istanbul worth visiting?

 
It is.. and here's an earworm for you.

The Count

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsQrKZcYtqg
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Derek_Duvall Posted on 13/08/2019 12:03

Is Istanbul worth visiting?

 
Worth visiting?!

It's an incredible city! One of my favourite places in the world.
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MT89 Posted on 13/08/2019 12:09

Is Istanbul worth visiting?

 
Sounds good ill book it for her 30th birthday present, cheers lads [^]
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Lemmy_Kilmister Posted on 13/08/2019 12:33

Is Istanbul worth visiting?

 
Istanbul?

Not Constantinople....
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1finny Posted on 13/08/2019 12:39

Is Istanbul worth visiting?

 
Abso frickin lutes [^]
Favourite city for me
Sent my son and his girlfriend there this year too and they fell in love with it
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mborolad Posted on 13/08/2019 12:47

Is Istanbul worth visiting?

 
With any big city I always recommend getting the open top bus on your first day.

I know people generally dont like them, but I find it lets you get your bearings and from there you can also figure out what else you want to see and do with the rest of your trip [^][^]

And also, apologies for sounding like a typical 'Brit' but the James Joyce is a great little Irish pub with good live music [:D][^]
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Jon_Mc Posted on 13/08/2019 12:57

Is Istanbul worth visiting?

 
I really am missing out on not seeing the place, aren't I. I've never met anyone who's been who didn't come back loving it.
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turnoffsaysthestar Posted on 13/08/2019 13:04

Is Istanbul worth visiting?

 
what's the beer like?
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This_is_the_guy Posted on 13/08/2019 13:12

Is Istanbul worth visiting?

 
Definite yes

Amazing place
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mborolad Posted on 13/08/2019 13:22

Is Istanbul worth visiting?

 
Main Turkish beer is Efes - decent [^]
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Jonny_Rondos_Disco_pants Posted on 13/08/2019 15:31

Is Istanbul worth visiting?

 
The new airport is worth a visit alone
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Alan_Breck Posted on 13/08/2019 15:42
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Is Istanbul worth visiting?

 
Be wary of the shoe-shine boys, and there are lots of them, especially on the bridges over the Bosphorus. They see a European couple and as they pass they flick a brush out of their toolbox. Being helpful you pick up the brush and return it, they in turn say they are so very grateful and insistent on shining your shoes for you. Beware though, it's just a ploy, and if you don't offer a payment in paper Euros they get really aggressive and cause a scene. If it happens to you just ignore the brush and walk on.
Apart from that a great city and the Blue Mosque alone is worth the visit.

#UTB
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Jostler Posted on 13/08/2019 15:42

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I'd love to go, watched Rick Steins Venice to Istanbul, so would love to see more of the Byzantium empire.

Plus it's got to have plenty of good kebabs over there surely.
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1finny Posted on 13/08/2019 16:03

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Alan
That happened to me
Was with my wife and my mate and his wife.

He got pretty aggressive but we just walked on - eventually he backed off.
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raglasher Posted on 13/08/2019 17:28

Is Istanbul worth visiting?

 
Superb city we lived in Turkey for 6 years and loved visiting there.
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expat_smoggie Posted on 13/08/2019 18:36

Is Istanbul worth visiting?

 
Istanbul airport is everything youd expect it to be, weird, wonderful, exotic, smelly but worth hanging around in.
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hopesoboro Posted on 13/08/2019 19:12

Is Istanbul worth visiting?

 
Loved it when we went for short hol when working in Salonica,Greece. Mind that was over 35 years ago!
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Topmans26 Posted on 13/08/2019 20:14

Is Istanbul worth visiting?

 
I was there a few year ago and really enjoyed it great kebabs and good beer I would go again
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mborolad Posted on 14/08/2019 04:43

Is Istanbul worth visiting?

 
Great Kebabs [:D]
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expat_smoggie Posted on 14/08/2019 04:44

Is Istanbul worth visiting?

 
Dont try and buy anything exotic youll lose your shirt!
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scuzzmonster1 Posted on 14/08/2019 09:04
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Was sat near a local petending to be a ċċkny on an Istanbul tram. He was bigging up London, saying what a great place it was, until another local caught him out in a lie. Thing is, all the Turks wanting to come to London, the EU or anywhere for that matter, in just my first few hours in Istanbul I couldn't understand why anyone would ever want want to leave? Fabulous place.
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