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i m turkish but i have  never been in istanbul.(hiç ayağım düşmedi:)) )i accept that istanbul is very nice city but i always  prefer to lve a small anatolian city mugla bcs istanbul is very crowded and  life is  very expensive and hard in istanbul.

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İ really missed İstanbul Embarrassed
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I spent five months in the city but for me is was way too big and crowded. I love the historic district but a lot of that had to do with my Byzantine roots and my late Greek Papoo was born there. Some parts of the city, especially by the sea, are very pretty. I also loved the forest parks since I love nature and it gave me a brief escape from the city but still does not compare to the wild forests that surrounded my former city on the East side of Washington State.
I am sure New York City is like Istanbul when it comes to crowds but I could not walk on the sidewalks without dodging hordes of people. Then there were the gypsies who you had to watch and all the poor beggars I saw. If I saw a crippled women I would not give money but I would buy her a bottle of water or maybe a bit of food but my Turkish friends discouraged me from doing this. I also thought, in the summer, the smog was as bad as Los Angeles, California but it is also bad in Athens. The museums were fantastic and I went to most of them but the place I went to the most was the Basilica Cistern to have coffee with a Turkish (Kurd) friend. Throughtout most of the city most people thought I was Turkish and even some of the students would ask other teachers how come I look so Turkish???? But, not in the historic district!! I would be walking through and I would here, "hey are you a Canadian or American and then came the sales pitch. "Come to our carpet store and have some tea. I won't try and sell you a carpet but I just want to have some tea with you and talk"- right!!! Whenever I was with a Turkish friend they did not bother me but I tried to speak my limited Turkish to say no thank you!

The one thing I can really say positive about Istanbul is, on the most, the people are great and very honest and friendly. I can sense when someone is lying to me but I really saw Istanbulites go out of their way to assist me and I made friends faster there than I ever have in the USA. I would say most of its citizens have a heart of gold. Of course, you have bad people everywhere including my new home in Arizona. I was warned about the bars and if someone comes up to you and invites you there to meet beautiful Russian women, just ignore them and walk on. I heard once you sat down a Russian women will sit next to you and have a drink and when you get up to leave they want $3,000 for the drink or else you get knocked around by a big Russian or Turkish bouncer. I had this happen once and took the advice and walked on. Overall, most of Istanbul is safe but some of my Turkish friends and students told me there were places they even avoided. This can be true of any city around the world though.

I would love to go back someday and see other parts of Turkiye and out of respect I try to spell the Turkish way. Alaska is next on my agenda though-



I was on that same ferry many times but have to got the new ferry fleet yet? I heard these ships were 40-45 years old in 2006.



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Originally posted by Kochanoglu Kochanoglu wrote:

i m turkish but i have  never been in istanbul.(hiç ayağım düşmedi:)) )i accept that istanbul is very nice city but i always  prefer to lve a small anatolian city mugla bcs istanbul is very crowded and  life is  very expensive and hard in istanbul.


Are you native in Mugla or a student?

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i live in mugla-milas for 15 years but my origin came from erzurum (east anatolia)
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I took this group of photos from the top of Galata tower:
 
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Originally posted by eaglecap eaglecap wrote:

I was on that same ferry many times but have to got the new ferry fleet yet? I heard these ships were 40-45 years old in 2006.

 
Yeap now we have new ferries but still use some old ones.
ps.: İ prefer old ferries...no reason, just love them.
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Originally posted by erkut erkut wrote:

Originally posted by eaglecap eaglecap wrote:


I was on that same ferry many times but have to got the new ferry fleet yet? I heard these ships were 40-45 years old in 2006.

 

Yeap now we have new ferries but still use some old ones.

ps.: İ prefer old ferries...no reason, just love them.


Yes I can understand that a bit of nostalgia. I took the Washington State ferry from the Edmonds next to Seattle to Kings cross last November and we saw a pod of killer whales swimming in the Puget Sound. For me Seattle is now too big but someone should do a Seattle skyline because it is a very beautiful city, especially with the Cascade Range, Mount Rainer (volcano) and the Olympics Mountains in the background.


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I remember this dock and even toured the Mosque.


I live not far from Tucson, Arizona which is much smaller than Istanbul- Only about one million vs. what 14-15 million in Istanbul and surrounding areas. I liked visiting Istanbul and found the people the most beautiful part of the city but without Mountains nearby I am not a happy camper- -


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Catalina Mountains in the background of Tucson- pine forests on the higher elevations.

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Erkut, are you Cypriot or mainland turkish?

Btw, I watched Boorman's "By all means" and I really would like to take a turkish Dolmus one dayStar 

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