"Wrong Ferry Equals a Trip to Asia!" Istanbul by caffeine_induced78

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to all those who worry too much.

"Be safe, be safe," was what I heard a lot before visiting Istanbul. I am going to start saying that to all my friends when they walk out the door. I have never felt more safe in a city than I did in Istanbul. The people are very friendly, the history is rich, and the city so clean that I thought Denver looked dirty when I got back home.

Ivan and Feyza were excellent hosts, they have my complete gratitude. Attaturk was everywhere - although the face not as plentiful as the faces of politicians plastering the streets. The ferry up the Golden Horn went bounce, bounce, bounce from the southern shore ports-'o-call to the northern shore ports-'o-call. Rising over the city to complete a surreal experience was the Muslim call for prayer playing over five or six loudspeakers.


I find myself back in Denver. I must find pigeons here, pigeons do in Denver what pigeons do in Istanbul. Home upon return suddenly feels boring.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great nightlife. Can any city in the US be this young?
  • Cons:too many jellyfish in the Bosporus
  • In a nutshell:a bridge between continents, cultures, and a crossroads of history.
  • Last visit to Istanbul: Mar 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Jun 12, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    "irregardless" is not a word.

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    Mar 5, 2007 at 11:36 PM

    Have I been to Istanbul? I don't think so -your pages have made me realise how I missed out on the real city,; instead we were dragged round the tourist sites...

  • shohman's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2006 at 2:32 AM

    love the story about the Turkish woman.

  • Escadora7's Profile Photo
    Oct 9, 2006 at 9:50 PM

    Beautiful tips and amazing pictures. Have always wanted to visit Istanbul and see the Blue Mosque. Thanks for bringing the experience one step closer. ~Eve n Ash

  • amesian's Profile Photo
    Mar 6, 2006 at 4:41 AM

    Happy B.day to you! Have a great day :) regards from Turkey

  • acegal's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2006 at 2:39 PM

    What a beautiful experience you have shared! Thank you for the sharing! Acegal

  • sswagner's Profile Photo
    Aug 4, 2005 at 4:19 PM

    This is excellent reflection of Istanbul and I enjoyed reading about your experiences there. Istanbul is an incredible destination.

  • Paul2001's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2005 at 6:13 PM

    I loved Istanbul alot. I wonder why your friends thought that it would be unsafe. I never felt threatened there.

  • morsonica's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2005 at 2:03 PM

    Hi!the Maiden's Tower....where i was watching last year....missed a lot!:(

  • jessicadf's Profile Photo
    Feb 7, 2005 at 8:01 PM

    Hey Mittens, that's a very prosaic name you have. I like it. For the connaiseurs of porn, you are.

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