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Turkish Airlines starts its operations to new destinations in October

Already having the world’s 5th largest flight network and flying to 204 flight destinations in 90 countries, Turkish Airlines now adds 4 more new destinations in October: Sebha (Libya), Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt), Hurgada (Egypt) and Aden (Yemen).

 

 

 

Sebha (Libya) flights are scheduled to begin on October 7th, 2012 with 3 weekly services. Introductory round trip tickets from Istanbul to Sebha will be available from 249 Euros, including taxes and fees.

Istanbul – Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt) – one of the world’s most popular destinations for leisure travelers – flights are scheduled to begin on October 9th, 2012 with 4 weekly services. Introductory round trip tickets from Istanbul to Sharm el Sheikh will be priced from 99 Euros, including taxes and fees.

Istanbul – Hurghada (Egypt) flights are scheduled to begin on October 17th, 2012 with 3 weekly services. Introductory round trip tickets from Istanbul to Hurghada will also be available from 99 Euros, including taxes and fees.

Aden (Yemen) flights are scheduled to begin on October 2nd, 2012 with 3 weekly services operated Istanbul-Sana-Aden-Istanbul. Introductory round trip tickets from Istanbul to Aden will be priced from 185 Euros, including taxes and fees.

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TOP 10 ISTANBUL

Seeing a great flight offer for Istanbul, and with fresh memories from trip to this great city, I started to have cravings for Istanbul / turkish sweets.

Istanbul has over 13,5 million people it is the biggest city of Turkey but not its capital (it is Ankara). I don`t know person that didn`t like Istanbul, so you`ll also be delighted.

I believe that some people think that it is an old city, maybe even undeveloped, something as arabic cities of Mediterranean. No, no, no! You`ll be surprised and get rid of all the bad thought that you might had. History, culture, sweets, meat delights, places for shopping, party and relax – Istanbul has everything.

Istanbul is a crossroad of two worlds, an important sea ​​passage and port, a place where to continents meet (Europe and Asia) and a meeting place of merchant from all over the world. Istanbul has an oriental atmosphere but, personally, I see it as an European city, a metropolis, that even some of big and known European cities should be ashamed! Those who love Istanbul love it because it perfectly combines old and new, east and west, and even with all western influences and latest fashion it uses and takes care of oriental culture and traditions in its original form.

Like Rome or Pula (in Croatia), Istanbul is also one big archeological open air museum. When they start making new subway lines they always find something new from the past. Regardless don`t think that you will find ruins everywhere you walk, because history is pretty well-preserved and you will enjoy everything you see!

During my last visit I managed to walk 20 km in one day because we didn`t want to use public transportation just to get to know Istanbul as much as we could.

Where to stay?

It depends on your wishes. I prefer Taksim square (Beyoğlu) because here is the great place for shopping and going out as well you can find lots of great restaurants – everything down the Istiklal street. You guessed, Istiklal street is a must while visiting Istanbul. Through the Istiklal drives a red tram with only one wagon and it is an attraction for tourists. It is always full and quite slow because it goes down the walking zone.

Other options for stay is the Sultanahmet neighbourhood where are all the major attractions. Regardless my experience, where will you stay depends on the price you are willing to pay and how good deal you find. Anyway, the least time you will spend in the hotel room, right?

What to see in Istanbul

I won`t write too much of every attraction (you can find it all on the Internet, Wikipedia etc), but I will suggest what to see based on my experience. Believe me, Istanbul is big and you can explore it for days!

TOP 10 ISTANBUL

1. Taksim and Istiklal Caddesi (street) – I have already mentioned it. It is in newer part of the town called, and more or less you have enough information.

2. Galata Tower – You can not miss the tower in the newer part, north from the Golden horn. The first version of tower was built in 507 and in that time it was a lighthouse. During the history it was also a dungeon, a today it is a viewpoint and restaurant (must have reservation)

It is interesting that the first man who flew was Hezaref Ahmet Çelebi and he jumped from the Galata tower with wooden wing and flew all the way to Üsküdara (Asian part of Istanbul) (Entrance: 10 TL)

3. Galata Bridge– walk it! It is nice to fishermen that stand there all day trying to catch something. They do catch fish, but water is so filthy… Go walk under the bridge where you can find lots of restaurants and cafes. (Free)

4. Aya Sofia (Hagia Sofia)– master piece of byzantine architecture and art in general.It realy is! I love it, Aya is beautiful! I love the great door that you will pass while entering the central area. Some scientists say that the next big earthquake could knock it down entirely so go to Istanbul as soon as possible! (Entrance: 20 TL)

5. Blue mosqueHippodrome – Theodosius obelisk – The Blue Mosque is more interesting from outside than inside although it is weird how may tiles (handmade) were used. All the tiles were made in Turkey to help out traditional (family) production.

6. Topkapi Palace – if you see a big cruiser in the harbor, expect crowd in the Palace as well as a line on entrance! Advice is to come as early as you can or do a stupid thing that my boyfriend and I did. We passed the line and went directly to the ticket desk, of course with a stupid expression on the face like we didn`t know that you have to go on the end of the line. (We have never done that before and it was not deliberately. But I must say this time it was justified!)

Don`t miss museums with jewelery inside the palace. (Entrance: 15 TL)

7. Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnıcı) – if you are coming during the hot season, nice and cool temperatures in underground will be good for you. Anyway cistern looks interesting. It is near Aya Sofia and Sultanahmet park. (Entrance: 10 TL)

8. Grand Bazaar – the biggest and the oldest covered space for trade in the world. It has more than 60 streets with more than 300 shops, and in good day it is visited by 400,000 people!  It is a MUST in Istanbul, particularly if you know how to bargain and buy cheap. I have never seen so much gold as here in Bazaar!

9. Egyptian Market – Spice Bazaar  –  This is my favorite place because it so vibrant and there a lots of different shops even out side of the market. Here you can buy all kind of turkish sweet and pastries. Of course if you prefer branded shop then look for KOSKA sign (you can find it also in Istiklal street) but really all other traditional shops are very good (I have tried it!) (Entrance: free)

10. Bosporus Cruise – When you decide you had enough of walking, go for a cruise. Take something to eat and drink and head down to harbour (under the Galata bridge, just under the Spice Bazaar). You can`t miss it because there will be for sure some guys that will call for a cruise. (I believe the price is around 10 TL, and cruise lasts for about 1,5 hour)

What more? There are more things to see, but I believe that this 10 tips are quite enough. I will leave you to discover other Istanbul delights like I did. I will for sure write more about Istanbul because every time I mentioned its name I can feel sweet taste of baklava and halva… It`s not so healthy but it doesn`t count when you go over the border :).

HRVATSKA VERZIJA: TOP 10 ISTANBULA

Ostali tekstovi na hrvatskom jeziku (Croatian texts):

Istanbul – kebab, kolači i dobra zabava

Istanbul – shopping, turska kupelj i noćni provod

(All photos – All rights reserved – Sandra Bortek)

TOP 10 ISTANBULA

Vidjevši odličnu ponudu turističke agencije STA – Zagreb za putovanje u Istanbul, još uvijek svježe uspomene s posljednjeg putovanja počele su navirati, a želja za slatkim postala je nesnosna!

Ovaj milijunski grad (zapravo više od 13,5 milijuna stanovnika), najveći je grad Turske i… ma, Istanbul vas mora oduševiti! Mnogi se možda ne odlučuju na posjet, mnogi misle da je to pomalo stari grad, možda čak misle da je nerazvijen, i da odiše poput arapskih gradova Mediterana. Ne! Ako ste ikada sumnjali u Istanbul, vrijeme je da se riješite svih predrasuda. Mislim da su mnogi zavoljeli Istanbul i poželjeli ga posjetiti upravo zbog vala turskih sapunica koje se posljednjih godina vrte na malim ekranima. Ipak, nadam se da ste i na druge načine saznali više o Istanbulu njegovom povijesnom i kulturnom naslijeđu, slatkim i mesnim delicijama, mjestima za šoping, dobru zabavu i opuštanje.

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Ostali tekstovi o Istanbulu:

Istanbul – kebab, kolači i dobra zabava

Istanbul – shopping, turska kupelj i noćni provod

(All photos – All rights reserved – Sandra Bortek)

ISTANBUL – SHOPPING, TURSKA KUPELJ I NOĆNI PROVOD (2. dio)

Hm, tako je kad te nepce zagolica… Za one koji nisu takvi gurmani ima pregršt drugih stvari kojima mogu ispuniti vrijeme. Shopping je OBAVEZAN! Svakako morate otići na grand bazar u potragu za “markiranom” odjećom ako vas to pali. Oriđiđ košulje s korkodilom, polo, golfer, prada, gabbane i sve što možete zamislliti možete pronaći ovdje za sitne novce. Nemojte nasjesti na prvu cijenu koju vam trgovac lupi, obično je ona i tri puta veća od one za koju ćete na kraju kupiti kaj komad obleke. Košulje već za 40 kn, čarape za 15 kn (5 pari – Nike, Adidas ili što već), Puma tenisice već za 150 kn. Srbra, zlata, tkanina, – ko u priči, stani i gledaj… zapravo, ako i niste raspolaoženi za cijenkanje nabrzinu proletite bazarom jer ćete izgubiti živce s bezbroj istih pitanja Where you from? How much you want.. You need this… I tak, zapravo može biti i zabavno. Ali nemojte se dati nagovoriti i kupiti nekakav kaput s tigrastim uzorkom koji je uporni trgovac uspio navući na vas i uvjerava vas da je to baš za vas, da vam stoji savršeno i dat će vam ga za neku sitnu lovu. NE! Vama to zaista ne treba.

Egipatsku tržnicu posjetite samo da vidite sve te boje začina i kolača koji se tamo prodaju. Jeftinije je nego na bazaru, a i dalje se možete cjenkati.

Samo da ne zaboravim, obavezno otiđite u tursku kupelj, nešto ne svakidašenj. Podsjeća na naše saune, možda dijeluje prljavo, ali kad vas teta stane masirati zaboravite na sve brige i poželite da ne prestane. Dobijete masažu cijelog tijela s peelingom i još vam kosu opere i vas cijelog. Osjećaj je predobar. NAkon toga popite svježe ocijeđeni sok, skočite do hotela da laganu okrepu, a onda opalite u grad, u ulicu Istiklal i zabirite u jedan od mnogih noćnih klubova. sve radi, velika je gužva i svi vas vrbuju da uđete baš kod njih. Na repertoaru ćete pronaći od house, rapa, hip hop i domaće turske glazbe u svim verzijama: domaće, rok, pop i kako to već ide – kao kod nas, samo što nemate pojma kome pjeva, koga pljuje ili za kim plače komad kojeg ste snimili na coveru CD. Strašno, ali vrijedi vidjeti.

(Opaska: ima za kupiti CD komercijalne zapadne glazbe. Cijene se kreću od 50 na više kn. Mislim da nećete baš profitirati, osim ako ne naletite na neki totalni popust.)

Piva u discu je oko 5 turskih lira što je cca 16 kn. Ipak jednom ste u Istanbulu pa nemojte štediti. Tulum je zagarantiran. Juice votka je 10 t. lira. I tako, nije baš badava. U dućkasima – kiscima, je piva 0,5 l ispod 8 kn (naravno Efes),  cigarete su jeftinije nego kod nas (Marlboro je oko 16kn).

Po povratku iz diska obavezno svratite na neki brzi kebap poslije cjelonoćne tulumarke. Gužva je i u pet ujutro pa nemojte mislite da ćete samo tako doći do hotela.

Eto, ako vas nisam uvjerila sad, neću nikad.

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p.s. nemojte jesti dagnje koje se prodaju na ulici, može vam pozliti osobito ako imte osjetljiv želudac.

ISTANBUL – KEBAP, KOLAČI I DOBRA ZABAVA(1. dio)

Ako ikako imate priliku za putovanje, ne propustite upoznati Istanbul. Milijunski grad koji će vas ostaviti bez daha, očarati svojom kulturom, oduševiti kuhinjom, gdje je shopping garantiran, a zabava traje do kasno u noć.
Gle, utrpaš se u avion s grupicom kao i ja, zbuksaš se u hotel i onda te prvo otfuraju na večeru. Ja sam prvi put bila tamo i odlučila probati sve što se da. Kako smo imali izvrsnog vodiča, samo sam sljedila njegove upute… ovo ti je super, to ti je mljac… i tak… oduševili su me njihovi namazi od sira s kojekakvim travama i začinima, između ostalom i vinovom lozom – definitivno probati. Mislim da su u mesu specijalci, dakak možete probati sve osim svinjetine. Piletina i janhetina su poželjne na sve moguće način i u svim kombinacijama. Jedina stvar koja mi se nije svidjela bila vinova loza punjena s nekakvom rižom. Ne, ne za moje nepce… Ah, naravno, sve morate zaliti Efesom (pivce za živce) ipak ste u Turskoj i tu nema Karlovačke ni Žuje. BTW – piva je mrak.
Desert kao i svuda na svijetu stiže na kraju. Tri kolačića koja kad ugledate rekli biste da su vam to dali za zagrijavanje, ali vjerujte, to je tako slatko i ukusno da jednostavno ne možete pojesti više od ponuđenog. (ako moj vodič nije mogao, onda zaista…).

Drugi dan je krenula avantura, razgledavanje starog grada, šetnja po sultanovj tvrđavi Tokapi, svakako ne štedite na krati za ulaz jer ima se što za vidjeti i proći će vam cijeli dan. Zlato, srebrno, slonovača, ebanovina, smaragdi, najveći biseri i dijamanti nalaze se upravo ovdje. Meni je bila zanimljiva prostorija gdje su obrzivali malce, sva u šarenim plčicama, tirkiznog tona koji je tako specifičan da ga se može vidjeti gotovo na svakom kutu. Velika izložba kineskog porculana, oružarnica, sulatanove odaje, prijestolje od 400 kg zlata… aaaaaa, ma ogromno bogatstvo… kad vas savlada umor, sjednite na vidikovcu i pojedite nešto i popite kavu…. ipak vas čeka dug dan…. a gdje je još noć…