Istanbul on the Asian Side

Istanbul on the asian side.

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Due to my brilliance of theory I thought the Asian side was going to be, well more Asianesque. Yes, I had read and heard it was a more modern side. All that didn’t matter, I was still convinced I would see Asian-like undertones. Instead, it was just as I had read, modern, busy and trendy. It felt like I had stepped back into the US or parts of Eastern Europe. It reminded me of a mix of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City. I loved the combination of the remnants of old with the new. We arrived on the Eminou ferry into Kadikoy and walked up to the fresh market area. This is a must do. The bustle of the shop owners and the local shoppers setting up and bargaining with each other is such a treat.

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Spending Time in Old Town Istanbul

Old Town Istanbul

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LANGUAGE – Turkish

  • Hello – Merhaba (mur ha bah)
  • Goodbye – Elveda (El vay dah)
  • Thank you – Teşekkür ederim (Tea Sugar a Dream)
  • Where is the bathroom – nerede banyo (nare a day bahn yo)
Lamp merchant at the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul.

Lamp merchant at the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul.

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Tour Time in the Sultanahmet District Istanbul!

Tour Time Istanbul

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Istanbul is a large spread out city; it can be overwhelming trying to decide where and how to start exploring the city. Matt suggested we take a guided tour for our first day. A great idea to help us figure out the layout and learn some insider tips for the rest of the week. We booked with Neon Tours. Our guide, Gül, was fantastic. She was accommodating, had a contagious upbeat attitude and her knowledge of the city and history was impressive. Along with my below-detailed favorites, we toured the Basilica Cisterns, a Turkish carpet shop, Topkapi Palace, had lunch at the Ggrand Matbah Restaurant and were lastly escorted to the entrance of the Grand Bazaar.

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