"It's Picture Time" Istanbul Tourist Trap Tip by gilabrand
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Dolmabahce is a splendid palace that is definitely worth visiting. The entrance fee was 16 YTL in September 2006 (this is a combined ticket for the palace and harem). But don?t pay extra - another 6 YTL - to take pictures (unless you are rolling in money). It?s a rip-off. Nobody knows, or asks, whether you paid or not. It's just another way to squeeze money out of tourists. The tour is guided, and the guide says: OK, everybody, picture time. So the goody-goodies who did as they were told and left their cameras at the entrance have basically been had.
Unique Suggestions: Before you leave the grounds, make sure to take advantage of the bathroom near the exit (no, folks, you can't use the Sultan's marble and gold facilities). Not only are most of the public toilets in Istanbul filthy and smelly, but you have to pay. At Dolmabahce, they are amazingly clean, and best of all, they're free.
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