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Here are my top 15 things to do in Istanbul, in no particular order. I chose these not because they are popular, but because I think they are worth seeing or experiencing. Therefore, for instance, I didn’t include the world famous Blue Mosque, but suggest something different. I also draw attention to many hidden gems, […]

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Is the Museum Pass Istanbul something I should apply for? I get this question a lot from people planning to visit the Turkish metropolitan. Unfortunately, there is no straightforward answer to this question. It all depends on what you plan to visit and/or whether you mind standing (for a long time) in a queue or […]

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Istanbul has it all: over 2500 years of history, culture, and traditions, amazing landmarks, vibrant nightlife, and breathtaking views. This transcontinental metropolis is a fast-paced cultural melting pot you can’t afford to miss. Here are the top 7 reasons why you should plan a trip to Istanbul right now.

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The Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world housing over 3000 shops, is more than just a sightseeing spot. Ever since the 15th century, it has been bustling with activity. Every day locals and visitors are haggling to get the best bang for their buck. Here are some valuable […]

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The Turkish Electronic Visa (or e-Visa) replaces the famous ‘sticker visa’ starting 2013. And you better get used to it, since the latter will be depreciated on April 10, 2014. Is this a bad thing? No, not at all. The Turkish online visa procedure is quick, smooth and actually saves you time since you no […]

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