Istanbul, Turkey

  • hartfan

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    Jan 21, 2015 3:16 PM GMT
    I'll have a four hour layover in Istanbul coming up. Anyone with tips about stuff to see or explore for a couple hours?
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    Jan 21, 2015 10:23 PM GMT
    Istanbul... Didn't that place used to be called Constantinople??

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    Jan 21, 2015 11:30 PM GMT
    JonSpringon saidIstanbul... Didn't that place used to be called Constantinople??

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    That's nobody's business but the Turks...
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    Jan 21, 2015 11:35 PM GMT
    Even old New York was once New Amsterdam
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    Jan 22, 2015 12:46 AM GMT
    Wyndahoi said
    JonSpringon saidIstanbul... Didn't that place used to be called Constantinople??

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    That's nobody's business but the Turks...


    I freakin LOVE YOU.... icon_lol.gif

    Ex_Mil8 saidEven old New York was once New Amsterdam


    You too... icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 22, 2015 1:38 AM GMT
    JonSpringon said
    Wyndahoi said
    JonSpringon saidIstanbul... Didn't that place used to be called Constantinople??

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    That's nobody's business but the Turks...


    I freakin LOVE YOU.... icon_lol.gif

    Ex_Mil8 saidEven old New York was once New Amsterdam


    You too... icon_lol.gif


    Sadly in this version of the multiverse you and I each found love with someone else.
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    Jan 22, 2015 1:46 AM GMT
    Read this before you get there.

    http://www.amazon.com/Istanbul-Passage-Novel-Joseph-Kanon/dp/1439156433
  • Suetonius

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    Jan 22, 2015 3:33 AM GMT
    Unless things have changed there recently, you need a Turkish visa, or you are not allowed to leave the airport.
  • blueandgold

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    Jan 22, 2015 3:09 PM GMT
    hartfan saidI'll have a four hour layover in Istanbul coming up. Anyone with tips about stuff to see or explore for a couple hours?


    The airport is too far away from Istanbul proper to get to the city and back in time for your flight, sadly. Traffic can be horrific.

  • Cdnontherun

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    Jan 22, 2015 5:00 PM GMT
    Do yourself a favor and make it at least a 72 hour layover and visit what is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful and interesting cities in the world. Four hours won't get you from either of the airports to downtown and back. You do need a visa but you can buy it at the airport though it is cheaper on line. Last time I checked it was $20 on line and $30 at the airport. Last time I was there -in August 2014- you had to buy the visa even if you were just transiting through the airport. I love Istanbul and have been a couple of times.
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    Jan 22, 2015 5:35 PM GMT
    Just don't get any bright ideas...

  • madsexy

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    Jan 22, 2015 5:41 PM GMT
    Cdnontherun saidDo yourself a favor and make it at least a 72 hour layover and visit what is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful and interesting cities in the world. Four hours won't get you from either of the airports to downtown and back. You do need a visa but you can buy it at the airport though it is cheaper on line. Last time I checked it was $20 on line and $30 at the airport. Last time I was there -in August 2014- you had to buy the visa even if you were just transiting through the airport. I love Istanbul and have been a couple of times.

    ^^^^THIS!^^^^ AMAHHHHHZING city, with layers of culture and history you could spend years enjoying.

    As for this:
    bon_pan saidJust don't get any bright ideas...


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  • kew1

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    Jan 22, 2015 5:47 PM GMT
    bon_pan saidJust don't get any bright ideas...



    I was expecting Midnight Express.
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    Jan 23, 2015 11:12 AM GMT
    Turkey is a secular, modern and highly developed nation. It is just like visiting any other European country like Italy or Greece. It has amazing history, tourist sights, nightlife, bars, and great food.

    It was also the center of the "Silk Road" and a large trade route from China all the way to Constantinople. The clothes and textiles made in Turkey are amazing in terms of quality of materials.

    The most famous department store in Turkey is "VAKKO", which is basically the Barney's or Bergdorf Goodman of Turkey.

    They have amazing silk ties and scarves, high quality suits, shoes and dress shirts. I ended up buying some nice shirts which are some of the best quality I have ever used.

    If you are in Istanbul, I recommend you stop by one of their flagship stores and stock up on some men's clothing. icon_cool.gif


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  • madsexy

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    Jan 23, 2015 5:26 PM GMT
    bighairymuscles saidTurkey is a secular, modern and highly developed nation. It is just like visiting any other European country like Italy or Greece. It has amazing history, tourist sights, nightlife, bars, and great food.

    It was also the center of the "Silk Road" and a large trade route from China all the way to Constantinople. The clothes and textiles made in Turkey are amazing in terms of quality of materials.

    The most famous department store in Turkey is "VAKKO", which is basically the Barney's or Bergdorf Goodman of Turkey.

    They have amazing silk ties and scarves, high quality suits, shoes and dress shirts. I ended up buying some nice shirts which are some of the best quality I have ever used.

    If you are in Istanbul, I recommend you stop by one of their flagship stores and stock up on some men's clothing. icon_cool.gif


    vakkourunresimleritakim.jpg


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    I think Vakko's stock just went up a point - on whatever exchange it's traded! icon_rolleyes.gif
  • thadjock

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    Jan 23, 2015 6:06 PM GMT
    Suetonius saidUnless things have changed there recently, you need a Turkish visa, or you are not allowed to leave the airport.


    oh u can leave the airport, in the trunk of a car with a bag over your head

    seriously, turkey is an amazing country, but I'm not sure what u'd do in 4 hrs.