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A travel journal to Istanbul by TianjinPaul

Yildiz Park Photo, Istanbul, Turkey More Photos
Quote: My holiday in Istanbul, a city where I previously lived.

Maiden's Tower

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Attraction | "A Beautiful Sight"

Maiden's Tower Photo, Istanbul, Turkey
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I will begin this article by clarifying that I am going to use the English name of Maiden's Tower rather than the Turkish kizkulesi as it is much easier to remember. The Tower is one of the most famous sights in Istanbul sitting about 100m off the coast of the Asian side of Istanbul. It has been there since the early Byzantine period. The body of the tower is made from stone and dates back well over 1,500 years. There is also now a conical top that is around 100 years old and serves to make a small cafe at the top.There are countless legends about the Tower. For example, it gets its name from a story about an old nobleman who sent his daughter to live there in order save her from being bitten by...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 10, 2013

Maiden's Tower
Üsküdar Salacak Mevkii
Üsküdar 34668
(0216) 342 4747

Dolmabahce Palace

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Attraction | "Wonderful in both history and design"

Dolmabahce Palace Photo, Istanbul, Turkey
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In terms of palaces in Istanbul, Dolmabahce is very much considered to be somewhat second-best. It is usually over-shadowed by the immense Topkapi Palace. This is essentially because of the size and history involved in each of them. Topkapi is bigger and sprawls across a larger amount of ground and dates back hundreds of years through the Ottoman dynasties. It also contains the fabulous harem. Dolmabahce is a little smaller and only dates back to the 1850s. However, I enjoyed Dolmabahce as it boasts a more varied history than Topkapi, taking in both the end of the Ottoman period and the start of the Turkish Republic.The palace is located on the very shores shores of the Bosphorous, literally 20m...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 10, 2013

Dolmabahce Palace
Mebusan Caddesi, Besiktas, on the Bosphorus
Istanbul, Turkey

Kirkpinar Kofte

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Restaurant | "Good Kofte; Plain Ambience"

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By far my favourite Turkish dish is Kofte – a type of spiced and seasoned meatball. Despite the fact that they are usually served fried and are not what you would describe as healthy for your cholesterol level, I cannot help myself, I just love them. Therefore, when I went to visit my girlfriend in Istanbul, there was always going to be lots of Kofte on the menu. On my second night in the Besiktas area of Istanbul, I was in a series mood for kofte. My girlfriend suggested we try an Italian place or go for fish. I took no notice of her ridiculous suggestions, there was only one dish for me. So, we went in search of a kofte restaurant close to her house. We stumbled upon Kirkpinar. I didn't real...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 9, 2013

Kirkpinar Kofte
Sinanpaşa Mh., Sinan Paşa Köprü Sokak
Istanbul 34353
(0212) 258 3398

Istanbul Naval Museum

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Attraction | "Interesting, but liberal with historical 'interpretation'"

Istanbul Naval Museum Photo, Istanbul, Turkey
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I will begin this particular review with an apology because I am going to pontificate a little on history and the attitude the Turkish people have to their past. Specifically, I want to examine their ideas on the Ottoman empire. Most Turkish people are very quick to inform you how proud they are of their country's democratic tradition and it's secular nature – and rightly so in my opinion. They are very keen to emphasize their pride in the work of Ataturk who founded the modern Turkish state from the ruins of the Ottoman Empire. The Ottomans are generally seen as representing a somewhat archaic era. This is a pretty common trend and is extremely pertinent for twentieth century Turkey. However, it is a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 9, 2013

Istanbul Naval Museum
Sinanpaşa Mh., Beşiktaş
Beşiktaş 34353
(0212) 327 4345

Yildiz Park

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Attraction | "Greenery in the City"

Yildiz Park Photo, Istanbul, Turkey
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It was my first full day in Istanbul and my girlfriend – who had moved to the city to do an internship – was keen to show me as much as possible in the Besiktas area of the city where she lived. So, after having breakfast in a cafe in the district, we decided to walk to Yildiz Park. Istanbul is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. The apartment blocks are so tightly packed and seem to rise like layers on the hills that rise from the Bosphorous. Therefore, it is always nice to find some open space.Yildiz Park is located across the street from Galata University, which is on the shores of the Bosphorous. It is large, quiet and extremely green. I was surprised at just how quickly w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 9, 2013

Yildiz Park
Ciragan Cad.
Istanbul, Turkey
212/261-8460 for