Istanbul Journals

Two Days in Istanbul

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An April 2010 trip to Istanbul by Wasatch

Quote: Two days in Istanbul is barley enough time to see the major sights and explore Turkish cuisine, but two days is better than no days.

Seker Manti

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Restaurant | "Low Prices, Mixed Results"

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For our second dinner in Istanbul, we found the restaurant by following our preferred way to find a place to eat in Europe– ignore guide books and internet recommendations and strike out on our own to find a place to eat that’s near our hotel because after a day of sightseeing, we don’t’ want to put to much energy, which we don’t have, into finding a restaurant. And because it more of adventure, and it seldom disappoints, to find something on your own rather than follow the advice of others. So we headed out from our hotel to what we hoped would be the nearest restaurant. There is cluster of upper end hotels– Ritz-Carlton, Hyatt, Hilton, and Intercontinental just downhill from Taksim Parki,...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 26, 2010

Seker Manti
Taksim Parki Area
Istanbul, Turkey

Riva Turzim

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Restaurant | "Good Turkish Food and a Spectacular Banana Split"

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For our second dinner in Istanbul, we found the restaurant by following our preferred way to find a place to eat in Europe– ignore guide books and internet recommendations and strike out on our own to find a place to eat that’s near our hotel because after a day of sightseeing, we don’t want to put to much energy, which we don’t have, into finding a restaurant. And because it more of adventure, and it seldom disappoints, to find something on your own rather than follow the advice of others. So we headed out from our hotel to what we hoped would be the nearest restaurant. There is cluster of upper end hotels– Ritz-Carlton, Hyatt, Hilton, and Intercontinental just downhill from Taksim Parki, ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 26, 2010

Ritz-Carlton Istanbul

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Hotel | "Almost Flawless Luxury Hotel"

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This hotel review starts with a story from a restaurant in another country to make an important point. We went to a two star Michelin restaurant in France having already decided to order the house speciality recommended in the Michelin Red Guide, a desert, "Le Coupe Alsacian." I ordered our two entrees and two Coupes. The waiter stopped writing, closed his order book, looked at us and said "No." He continued, "Not two. It is too large. One is enough for two or three people. I shall put down one." And so he did, and one came. We ate. He was right. One was enough for two or three people. When was the last time a waiter in an American restaurant refused to let you spend $35? That ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 21, 2010

Ritz-Carlton Istanbul
Sehzadebasi
Istanbul, Turkey
90 212-511 42 24

Flamingo Bar

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Restaurant | "A Fine Introduction to Turkish Cuisine "

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We began our first dinner in Istanbul with mezes, the famous assorted Turkish appetizers. We shared artichoke stuffed with green peas, half a green bell pepper stuffed with meatball, and green beans (cold) with a vinaigrette dressing. For the main course, she had a plate with three chicken kabobs, nicely seasoned flavorful pieces of chicken skewered with red and green bell peppers and all perfectly cooked– the chicken was not dried out. He chicken came with excellent mashed potatoes. I had the plate of assorted meatballs– three types of meatballs-- with grilled peta bread and tomato and yogurt sauce for dipping. All was excellent. There was a $2 charge for a liter of bottled water. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 18, 2010

Flamingo Bar
Cakıraga Mh.
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul

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Story/Tip

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Although it has an impressive setting spreading across several hills on two continents straddling the Bosporus between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara (technically, Istanbul is not on the Mediterranean Sea but on the Sea of Marmara), I didn’t find old Istanbul to be an attractive city. However, it’s monumental sights– the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, the Harem in Topkapi Palace, and the mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent which dominates the skyline of the old city– should be on everyone’s do not miss list. Western history is dominated by the great Empires of the Western World. The Egyptian Empire lasted 4,000 years. Rome lasted 1,600 years. Austria and the Ottoman Empires lasted...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 18, 2010