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    Istanbul?

    I'll be going for the first time soon. Anybody been there and have any suggestions of places to see, places to avoid, etc? I'll be staying near the Blue Mosque



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    Re: Istanbul?

    Quote Originally Posted by marothisu View Post
    I'll be going for the first time soon. Anybody been there and have any suggestions?

    Well, it's no Constantinople. That's for sure.


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    Re: Istanbul?

    Guy I know went there and loved it. I don't know any specifics, but he really liked it.

    If you want to be depressed about it, I know a book you could read.

    Overall, though, you'll probably enjoy it.


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    Re: Istanbul?

    Sounds awesome! Have fun!



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    Re: Istanbul?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Janny View Post
    Well, it's no Constantinople. That's for sure.
    Yeah, a few hundred years late :( kind of..depending on who you talk to



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    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneErik View Post
    Guy I know went there and loved it. I don't know any specifics, but he really liked it.

    If you want to be depressed about it, I know a book you could read.

    Overall, though, you'll probably enjoy it.
    Ha, does the book have to do with organized crime?



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    Re: Istanbul?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Janny View Post
    Well, it's no Constantinople. That's for sure.
    Pos rep for you my friend.



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    Re: Istanbul?

    I know a guy that works there in our company. He enjoys it. Stay in public areas. Have fun! Cool historic place. Have fun.



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    Re: Istanbul?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Janny View Post
    Well, it's no Constantinople. That's for sure.
    Why they changed it i can't say.



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    Re: Istanbul?

    Quote Originally Posted by marothisu View Post
    Ha, does the book have to do with organized crime?
    No. It was more of an author's memoir of Istanbul. His idea was that everywhere you go in Istanbul is a reminder of a proud, proud imperial heritage that has been declining and deteriorating since the end of the Ottoman Empire.

    What once was bright and cheery is now drab and colorless. What once showed hope and growth is falling apart into disrepair. To Pamuk (the author), depression was Istanbul and Istanbul was depression.

    It was a pretty uplifting book from a guy who lived there much of his life. Very melancholy.

    The guy who visited Istanbul didn't see things the same way as Dr. Depression.


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    Re: Istanbul?

    Quote Originally Posted by marothisu View Post
    I'll be going for the first time soon. Anybody been there and have any suggestions of places to see, places to avoid, etc? I'll be staying near the Blue Mosque



    Love the city. Grand bazaar-great shoppingn. Banyan restaurant owned by close friend and isu grad.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneErik View Post
    No. It was more of an author's memoir of Istanbul. His idea was that everywhere you go in Istanbul is a reminder of a proud, proud imperial heritage that has been declining and deteriorating since the end of the Ottoman Empire.

    What once was bright and cheery is now drab and colorless. What once showed hope and growth is falling apart into disrepair. To Pamuk (the author), depression was Istanbul and Istanbul was depression.

    It was a pretty uplifting book from a guy who lived there much of his life. Very melancholy.

    The guy who visited Istanbul didn't see things the same way as Dr. Depression.
    Sounds interesting. What's the name of the book?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Psiclone View Post
    Love the city. Grand bazaar-great shoppingn. Banyan restaurant owned by close friend and isu grad.
    Is Banyan in a "safe" neighborhood? I see it's 4-5 miles from where I'll be staying.



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    Re: Istanbul?

    Quote Originally Posted by marothisu View Post
    Sounds interesting. What's the name of the book?
    "Istanbul" by Orhan Pamuk. It's on Kindle, if you want it. But don't expect to be happy while you read it.

    Amazon.com: Istanbul: Memories and the City (9781400033881): Orhan Pamuk: Books


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    Re: Istanbul?

    Well, I think you would definitely want to see Hagia Sophia. It is now a museum, but a great building.



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