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Ed the Wool

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In a day it is very easy to visit the Aya Sofia, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. Wander around the Grand Bazaar too. If the weather is good, a boat trip up and down the Bosphorous is fantastic. Great views and some also drop you off at places where one can have a beer or tea whilst enjoying the great views.

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Red & white - got LFC club crest on it - you can't miss it.

The truth of that situation was that the kids had to tear it up and use it as face protectors due to Murph's stench. We're immune but out there, they know not of such horror.

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In a day it is very easy to visit the Aya Sofia, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. Wander around the Grand Bazaar too. If the weather is good, a boat trip up and down the Bosphorous is fantastic. Great views and some also drop you off at places where one can have a beer or tea whilst enjoying the great views.

 

I goto Istanbul quite often with work, the above is good advice :) Also near the Aya Sofia there is an amazing underground cistern (called the Basilica Cistern iirc) which is well worth a visit. If you goto the palace make sure you goto the treasury...some astonishing items in there.

 

Whereabouts are you staying? I would get a place near Taksim if possible, really vibrant with loads of places to eat and good bars too. Also be weary of yellow taxis...they treat the roads like a F1 track after dark and most of them have no seat belts!

 

The traffic in Istanbul is crazy, think London *100 + India!

 

Use the Metro/Trams where possible, metro is in the new part (Taksim) and there is a decent Tram setup in the old part (Aya Sofia side), it runs till late and is well sign posted.

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Don't miss the Yerebatan - the underground cistern. You may even recognise it as a location in From Russia With Love.

 

As a previous poster, a boat trip up the Bosphorus is stunning. If you have time though, far better to ignore the excursions and take the regular ferry that criss-crosses all the way up to the Clashing Rocks at the mouth of the Black Sea.

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Hajia Sofia and the Blue Mosque are musts. Get a tour guide to explain to how the Muslim/Christian empires had a face off by trying to erect the highest religious building.

 

The underground cistern with the stone Medusa head on its side is also a must as someone else as someone has mentioned.

 

Take a Turkish bath (Haman) at the palace of the former Ottaman ruler (can't remember name)

 

The boat ride across Bosphrous also brilliant. Stops at the Asian side for lunch. The minced kebab in Aubergine is amazing.

 

Go to one of the fish restaurants by the bridge near the docks and pick the fish you want to eat. Delicious.

 

Or sit in one of the street bars sipping beer until early hours watching the the world go by and pose for pictures with the Hookahs (not hookers)

 

So much more

 

Amazing place.

 

You'll love it

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Hajia Sofia and the Blue Mosque are musts. Get a tour guide to explain to how the Muslim/Christian empires had a face off by trying to erect the highest religious building.

 

The underground cistern with the stone Medusa head on its side is also a must as someone else as someone has mentioned.

 

Take a Turkish bath (Haman) at the palace of the former Ottaman ruler (can't remember name)

 

The boat ride across Bosphrous also brilliant. Stops at the Asian side for lunch. The minced kebab in Aubergine is amazing.

 

Go to one of the fish restaurants by the bridge near the docks and pick the fish you want to eat. Delicious.

 

Or sit in one of the street bars sipping beer until early hours watching the the world go by and pose for pictures with the Hookahs (not hookers)

 

So much more

 

Amazing place.

 

You'll love it

 

 

 

I missed all of this. Too busy getting pissed, laughing and singing. I wouldn't mind going back for another look as it goes.

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