Istanbul and/or Tel Aviv. Have you been?

  • groundcombat

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    May 02, 2012 6:27 PM GMT
    If so, what did you think? I'm thinking of booking a trip there the first two weeks of June and I would appreciate your feedback!

    How was it? What is there to do? How long is a good stay in each? How are the nightlife and men? Etc. icon_smile.gif

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    May 02, 2012 6:56 PM GMT
    No.
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    May 03, 2012 4:14 AM GMT
    Yes. But I wasn't there for nightlife or men.
  • groundcombat

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    May 03, 2012 1:39 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidYes. But I wasn't there for nightlife or men.


    That's okay too. I'm not ONLY looking for nightlife and men. Lol..
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    May 03, 2012 1:59 PM GMT
    In my opinion, Tel Aviv and Istanbul both have some of the hottest men on the planet. It depends on your taste, however. The beach and nightlife is about all there is to do in Tel Aviv. If you want things to see, I'd go to Jerusalem. There are countless things to see from a historical perspective. In my opinion, Tel Aviv only warrants a couple of days. Istanbul would warrant a few days. There's a lot to see and do. It's a beautiful city. I'd try to take side trips to Cappadocia and Ephesus if you have the time.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    May 03, 2012 2:00 PM GMT
    I was an Istanbul 2 years ago during a Mediterranean cruise...It was interesting to see (then again after about the 3rd Mosque they all start to look the same). The world famous "World Bazaar" was highly touted for the excellent shopping. I found it to be nothing but a sea of junk as far as the eyes could see, with annoying sales people at every turn hounding you to buy a rug. I was there in August, and it was insanely hot. I basically left Istanbul with the feeling that if I never return to the city again in my entire lifetime that would be just fine with me. It is one of the world's largest cities, a cultural and ethnic melting pot, with architecture that dates back thousands of years. So, from a historical perspective, it is an interesting city, but so crowded and not particularly clean in many areas. After about 3 hours wandering around seeing the sights, and escaping from a rug store where I somehow ended up getting talked in to a set of $300 plates by a savvy salesman --- I think they may have spiked my "Apple Tea" - LOL!) I couldn't get back on the ship fast enough.

    We did go back into the city at night to checkout a few clubs. It was okay, nothing I could not have missed. I will actually be there again this August on another cruise. It's debatable if I even leave the ship at that port, but maybe I will give it another look and gain a better perspective, however I won't be setting foot in any rug stores icon_eek.gif
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    May 03, 2012 2:04 PM GMT
    Both are fantastic! In Istanbul see the Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Topkopi Palace, etc. Buy a rug, but know that you'll overpay ( your hotel will have a course on rug buying).

    Tel Aviv is where you enter Israel. Go to Jerusalem, Masada, and the beach.
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    May 03, 2012 2:27 PM GMT
    Atlantamasseur saidIn my opinion, Tel Aviv and Istanbul both have some of the hottest men on the planet. It depends on your taste, however. The beach and nightlife is about all there is to do in Tel Aviv. If you want things to see, I'd go to Jerusalem. There are countless things to see from a historical perspective. In my opinion, Tel Aviv only warrants a couple of days. Istanbul would warrant a few days. There's a lot to see and do. It's a beautiful city. I'd try to take side trips to Cappadocia and Ephesus if you have the time.

    This.

    The Byzantine mural encrusted caves of Cappadocia are set within some of the most amazing geography I've ever seen:

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    As are the calcium wading pools of Pamukkale:

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    cliffside at the foot of some of the most amazing and archeologically significant ruins I've ever seen at Hieropolis, which has among other things multicolored hot springs (1st pic), a Jewish cemetery (2nd) and a Greek ampitheatre with a rare intact literal fourth wall (3rd):

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    May 03, 2012 2:44 PM GMT
    Living in Tel Aviv is great. It's my home town and it's one of the most GLBT friendly places on the planet. Come and visit, you won't be disappointed.

    Americans are LOVED here in Israel, so if you do come be prepared to be mobbed. And as you are one of the hottest men I've ever seen, you will not be at a loss for attention from many well wishers.

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    May 03, 2012 3:05 PM GMT
    Nothing to visit in Tel Aviv (except Old Jaffa maybe) but nice young atmosphere, restaurants and bars, clubs... Jerusalem is the place to go if u r interested in history and religion(s), but no nightlife there :-).
    Istanbul is much much bigger (too big for me), with things to do and places to visit (Topkapi, Palaces along the Bosphorus..). I've been there a few times for work, but never fell in love with the city really.
    As for men, if u like the mediterranean type, you should be happy in both places. Tel Aviv is far more gay-friendly, but many Turks are bi-sexual, it's kind of part of their culture ;-)
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    May 03, 2012 3:05 PM GMT
    I haven't been to Istanbul, but I highly recommend Tel Aviv. The food is great. The beach is great. The nightlife is very lively and there are plenty of gay places (bars, clubs, saunas, Gordon Beach...). People are gay-friendly in Tel Aviv, not so tolerant elsewhere.

    If you're planning on staying in Tel Aviv, I would recommend you take some 1 day-tours to the Dead sea and Massada, Jerusalem is also unforgettable, the Galilee, or up the coast to Haifa,Acre, Ceasaria. There are many webites you can book one -day tours yourself. Just google "1 day tours in israel". Or alternatively, you can ask your hotel to book them for you. They are mostly around $85.00 to $130.00 per tour.

    It is a very safe place to visit and the men are to die for, ...trust me on this.

    Just be prepared to be questioned and searched at length by Israeli immigration, especially if you are travelling solo. Just stay calm and answer their repetitive interrogation honestly and you will have no problem. Their interrogation can sometimes be intimidating and up to 2hrs long. This is normal. It's happened to me and thousands of others. But it is worth it.
  • groundcombat

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    May 07, 2012 2:28 AM GMT
    Thanks a lot for all the input. I know there's plenty to see in Israel. Is all of that you mentioned day trip-able from Tel-Aviv or should I plan on staying in areas outside of Tel-Aviv as well?
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    May 07, 2012 2:35 AM GMT
    groundcombat saidThanks a lot for all the input. I know there's plenty to see in Israel. Is all of that you mentioned day trip-able from Tel-Aviv or should I plan on staying in areas outside of Tel-Aviv as well?


    You should go to Jerusalem too!
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    May 07, 2012 2:40 AM GMT
    I was just in Istanbul 2 weeks go for the first time - absolutely love the city. I love the friends I've made and there's so much to do and see.

  • tautomer

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    May 07, 2012 2:46 AM GMT
    I didn't know that Tel-Aviv was so gay friendly. Huh, learn something new every day I suppose. I will definitely have to make a point to go there at some point in the future! I really have a thing for guys from that part of the world. Indeed the vast majority of them are so hot.
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    May 07, 2012 10:08 AM GMT
    Well have been in Tel Aviv &
    stay I
    in Istanbul !

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    May 07, 2012 10:08 AM GMT
    أنا فخور كونه العربي
  • MadeinMich

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    May 21, 2012 1:19 AM GMT
    AAre the guys open to black men there?
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    Jun 09, 2013 12:26 PM GMT
    more on gay Tel Aviv:

    http://www.advocate.com/arts-entertainment/pride/2013/06/07/photos-tel-aviv-pride-2013