I’m going to Istanbul by mistake and I’m terrified

Discussion in 'travel and world' started by Edie, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. dessiato

    dessiato Looking for my shopping trolley

    Not said anything that isn't true. Like many on this site there's lots of really amazing people who I greatly respect, and admire.
  2. Edie

    Edie Well-Known Member

    It's called Sarnic Suites. Address above! Thanks for the advice.
  3. Edie

    Edie Well-Known Member

    Me and the boy will be sharing a romantic double bed together, which means I'm gonna get his sweaty teenage feet by my head all night instead of the strong arms of my lover. Price you pay etc
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  4. SheilaNaGig

    SheilaNaGig Struggling and striving

    Re: the mind bomb Edie ...

    I totally get why you'd not want to experience something that's a sudden shift or that might feel like a shock. But just breathe through it, watch it all go into kaleidoscope, and then see how it settles back into something you can recognise. Like jumping into cold water. It's more scary in advance, and the shivery fear of actually doing it turns into a kind of exhilaration in the doing of it.
  5. Edie

    Edie Well-Known Member

    I hope so. I’m just gonna memorise the word thank you that Pickman's model provided and use it frequently
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  6. SheilaNaGig

    SheilaNaGig Struggling and striving

    Seeing as it's him, make sure it's the right phrase and nor something that'll cause an international incident.

    And I've always found "I'm sorry I don't speak >insert language here<" to be useful too.
  7. Athos

    Athos Well-Known Member

    If you don't travel a lot, contact your bank to let them know you're going. Sometimes, they put a block on the card, if they think it's been cloned and used by fraudsters overseas, which can be a ball ache. And check what the crack is with your phone charges in Turkey.
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  8. Gromit

    Gromit International Man of Misery

    teşekkür ederim

    Pronounced: T’ shek kou eh derim

    For short you can also say:


    Pronounced: T’ shek kou la

    Is that what they said? I have them on ignore.

    I also like ‘how are you?’ which is nasılsın
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  9. Epona

    Epona I am Hououin Kyouma

    You'll be absolutely fine, I loved Istanbul when I visited last, it's a beautiful city and people are nice and welcoming.

    Taking a headscarf may be a good idea if you plan to visit any mosques (and there are some lovely ones you should visit!), just to cover your head to be respectful when visiting. I mean you can usually get a scarf outside of the mosques popular with tourists, but having your own is preferable I reckon.
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  10. BristolEcho

    BristolEcho Well-Known Member

    Another app that I've found useful is Maps.me. it uses your phone signal to locate you on the map offline.

    Glad to read this thread as I'm planning a visit for October.
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  11. The current regime has been warming up to the situation we are in since the late 00s. noone in europe cared then.

    vociferously disagree with the politics on display here but worth posting:

    Guilty Men - The American Interest

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  12. twentythreedom

    twentythreedom Seagulls are cunts

    On a holiday thread in the travel forum? It was tl:dr anyway tbf :hmm:
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  13. Magnus McGinty

    Magnus McGinty Wh♂️

    A really good post. Countries aren’t just about hotels and swimming pools and other things for Westerners to enjoy.
    Thanks for sharing, dialectician
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  14. baldrick

    baldrick ooooh timewarp

    Istanbul is great, once you get over the shock you'll have a great time.

    There's a hop on hop off bus tour, I'd buy tickets for yourself and the boy for one day, they're generally pretty helpful to orient yourself in a strange city and they stop at all the big tourist sites too.
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  15. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    Now, Baghdad is somewhere I'd love to go :)

    Whoever it was who said there is no need to tick off sights- spot on. Some of the cities I love most I have never done some of the must-sees. Sit and drink coffee and watch the people for a bit, soak it in, meander... I spent about four hours watching old men fish last time I was there!

    And honestly even if you hate it (I can't believe you will, it's an incredibly beautiful and fascinating city and people are, generally, lovely) you are giving your boy such an amazing experience and the chance to catch the travel bug.
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  16. oryx

    oryx Sitting on the bock of the day

    On the grounds that someone had to, and no-one has yet. Hopefully you won't have to cook a chicken standing up or meet Jake the Poacher.
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  17. miss direct

    miss direct misfungled

    Traffic is hideous in Istanbul and I don’t recommend a bus tour. How many days do you have, Edie?
  18. miss direct

    miss direct misfungled

    The blue mosque is actually closed to tourists at the moment anyway. Go to Suleymaniah, the whole complex is amazing and you can eat rice and beans for next to nothing there. Go to one of the cafes there with a terrace like Mimar Sinan - amazing views and full of local students and cheap.
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  19. miss direct

    miss direct misfungled

    Get an Istanbul card (like an oyster but you can use for multiple people. How olds your son?) which you can use on almost all public transport. Take lots of ferries, drink tea on them and throw bread to the seagulls.
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  20. Edie

    Edie Well-Known Member

    One full one!

    Arrive Friday night, leave very early Sunday morning.
  21. Edie

    Edie Well-Known Member

    My rough plan is: ferry across and Sophia Hagia in the morning, bazaar and boy gets Turkish Bath in the afternoon, meal out then collapse in bed.

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  22. miss direct

    miss direct misfungled

    Wow just a day! What time do you arrive on the Friday?

    Plan your day carefully to make the most of it. See if you can get your aya sofia tickets in advance to avoid queuing. Tourism has really picked up and Saturdays can be manic around the bazaar area. Maybe just go to the spice bazaar which is smaller and more manageable. Avoid the small streets behind the spice bazaar, they are uncomfortably crowded on Saturdays. I got stuck in a crush of people there last year and it was horrible.

    So kadikoy - boat to eminonu or karakoy - market - tram or walk up to sultanahmet, aya Sofia, then go to suleymaniah (you can walk - steep hills but worth it). See the mosque complex, have a drink in a terrace cafe. Then you could head to taksim to see the other side of the city. I’d recommend a walk down İstiklal just to take in the atmosphere of buskers singing in Kurdish, Arabic and Turkish.

    I’m assuming you want a really good Turkish meal in the evening? Do you prefer fish or meat? You could do worse than go for fish, meze and raki on the fish street in kadikoy.

    Turkish baths are ok but will eat into your precious time.
  23. Edie

    Edie Well-Known Member

    Thank you so much.

    I’m gonna literally print out your itinerary and take it.

    Turkish baths are a concession to the boy. Obviously I won’t be having one!

    Ta miss direct

    And yes, fish
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  24. miss direct

    miss direct misfungled

    It's a pleasure.

    What are you going to do while he's having his bath, and have you decided which one to go to?
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  25. Edie

    Edie Well-Known Member

    miss direct what is the name of the fish street in Kadikoy please?
  26. Edie

    Edie Well-Known Member

    Wait for him I guess? And no idea how to find a reputable one!
  27. miss direct

    miss direct misfungled

    It's Güneşli Bahçe Sokak. I can't recommend any restaurant in particular as I go to ones on the European side. Another possibility is going to Akin Balik, which is in Karakoy (just next to the Galata bridge). The mezes are amazing and you sit out in a garden area under trees. Avoid the restaurants actually under the Galata bridge, they are notorious for ripping off tourists.

    The best hamams are said to be Kilic Ali Pasa: Turkish Bath in Istanbul | Kilic Ali Pasa Hamam and this one in Sultanahmet; Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam
    I go to neighbourhood, cheap ones and wouldn't pay the prices at those but they certainly look fabulous from the outside and probably have excellent service. If you send him to Kilic Ali Pasa, you can enjoy wandering around the narrow streets of Karakoy while he's in there. Another trendy area full of street art and Turkish hipsters.
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  28. Mrs Miggins

    Mrs Miggins There's been a slight cheese accident

    I've never been to Istanbul but I think my best travel tip would be....do the things you want to do. Don't feel like you have to do and see everything. Just pick a couple of things and do them and take it slow. Take in the atmosphere of the place rather than doing all the sights and never actually experiencing the place you are in. If you find yourself in a cafe and you're enjoying watching the world go by....just do that and don't stress about not seeing everything. I've sat for hours at cafes in Paris and Miami just people watching. A day spent feeling happy and relaxed is better than a day charging around seeing everything but experiencing nothing.

    Having said that, if you only have 1 day, get up early and make the most of the short time have there!
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  29. Mrs Miggins

    Mrs Miggins There's been a slight cheese accident

    It will be awesome...and I'm jealous...but I'm coming back to Europe and Istanbul has always been on my to do list.
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  30. dessiato

    dessiato Looking for my shopping trolley

    I was there a few years ago. It's nice enough, but I wasn't as excited about it as I thought I'd be. But at that time I was travelling a lot and was starting to become bored with endless hotels etc.

    I should go back for a proper look.

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