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Old 01-19-2012   #81
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Oh I've been there Simon - I can't afford to spend 5-6 hours there again! Popped over to see some friends that live out there, yeah...he's a banker, and I could just about muster enough cash for a frothy coffee and a gratis biscuit
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Oh I've been there Simon - I can't afford to spend 5-6 hours there again! Popped over to see some friends that live out there, yeah...he's a banker, and I could just about muster enough cash for a frothy coffee and a gratis biscuit
why doesn't that sound unfamiliar...
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Jump on the Luton flight on Friday our Simon - I can come and pick you up from somewhere if you like - there won't be any traffic at that time.

You're right - I think the flight lands at Stansted and we get a bus the rest of the way, it'll be fine though.
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I spent a really nice weekend walking around Uskudar, Kadikoy and the areas in between and around. What do you think about doing this Eastern side on Saturday and the Western side on Sunday? or the other way around? i ask because it seemed quite different to me (and quite different to the tourist guide istanbul).
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I spent a really nice weekend walking around Uskudar, Kadikoy and the areas in between and around. What do you think about doing this Eastern side on Saturday and the Western side on Sunday? or the other way around? i ask because it seemed quite different to me (and quite different to the tourist guide istanbul).
That would be perfect. I would prefer Saturday for western side because there are a lot of action on Saturday since the most of people work on Saturday. On the other hand Bosphorus, Üsküdar and Kadıköy would be better if it is not so crowded.
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Looks like we're getting a plan toghether smbilgin ;-)

Looks like (our) Simon has found digs for the weekend, I'm still up for sharing a flat &c.
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...lluis, kully, simon, lisa, simon and maybe sara, maybe one more?
Maybe me. But for me it needs to be a non-smokers appartement. I'll come on Wednesday and leave on Sunday. The first or second night I'm going to spend in Izmit/Kocaeli.
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It will. be non smoking inside.

I am coming back on the Monday Simon, confirmed now.
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Don't forget sloth - how many times have you said you'll come out to a meet? I ;-)
I always do Kully! :O :P

I just got bored of taking photos in London THAT'S ALL

@kully, what about dragging Tim (nimcod) along? He's used to babysitting me LOL.
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Perhaps thats the answer for Sara too, a readymade load of housemates to travel through the city with. Though I don't know Sara so she may be winding us up a bit
No honestly, I am really such a baby when it comes to these things

I just need to tag along with some people, I don't like the idea of being stranded/lost
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Book tickets Sara, we'll keep you from getting lost.
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I hope I can join you guys on those dates...Can I get one of yours phone number just if I come there unplanned to catch you guys up?
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Thank you, Simon. I certainly would love to meet you too in person.
I am planning a third one-month trip to Cairo for May of this year, and traveling outside May is difficult for me because of my work schedule at the university. August is a month during which overseas travel is possible each year, but not April. I hope that the security situation in Cairo will be good in may.

We will have the first ever Pensacola RFF Meeting on April 28/29 this year, so I will have to settle for it! If there are RFF members in the USA who cannot travel to Istanbul but manage a trip to sunny Florida, maybe some of them could plan to join us here in Pensacola.

Istanbul is on the Top list for my family as our next overseas trip. We have been watching Turkish soap operas since a couple of years, and the daily lives of simple Turkish people (not the fake rich characters in TV) remind us of good old times with family back home. Drinking tea or coffee seems always to be a good thing to do at any time of the day, and eating Kabab and lots of fresh vegetables make each dinner look just wonderful on TV. I would focus on the lower income parts of Istanbul, and try to meet with ordinary people in villages around the city. Quite often, paying a taxi driver for the day to take you to such areas could be arranged. Maybe a Turkish RFF member can help out in the logistics.
Hi Raid, have the soap operas really reached to US? I believe you talk about egypt, right? It would be really nice if you could come.
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Still trying to make it possible in my projects. Do you already have an idea which area for an accomdation will be best regarding time to reach our meeting points?
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not yet tom, but hopefully soon as we all need to get something booked soon.
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I won't be able to make this one - last year's was great though. A wonderful group of people - I highly recommend going if you can.
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so we just booked our flights:
10 april (the tuesday) we arrive at 5:30 in the morning (whaaaaaaa'?),
and we're flying out again the next tuesday, 17 april, sometime in the evening. anyone else around for the whole week?
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I know Alkis and Des will be there from the 11th Simon.

Did you find anything accomodation wise?
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BTW my flights get me there for midday Friday and I leave midday Monday.
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I know Alkis and Des will be there from the 11th Simon.

Did you find anything accomodation wise?
oh, that's cool, I'll contact him then! didn't find anything yet, but I'll start looking within the next few days.
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we're checking 6 appartments for availabilty right now. we looked for stuff we could afford just the two of us, but some of them have the option to accommodate one or two more people, so yeah, we'll see where that leads!
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I've been in Turkey twice and deeply loved it and its people but never been in Instabul ... this may be the right time to visit the "city of a hundred names" ...
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Yes Nico, it's the right time!
(BTW, I'm sure your new Xpan will be great for Istambul!)
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Be good to see you again Nico....aw, go awn!
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I've been in Turkey twice and deeply loved it and its people but never been in Instabul ... this may be the right time to visit the "city of a hundred names" ...
Nico, nice people there.....

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Could I drag a friend along? I think she wants to go too, she's a Leica shooter obviously.
Anyway I'll have to ask her when I get back to London this Saturday!
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Could I drag a friend along? I think she wants to go too, she's a Leica shooter obviously.
Anyway I'll have to ask her when I get back to London this Saturday!
of course, why shouldn't you?
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General area would be Taksim Square then. This is a good place to start the tour, so if you choose your hotels nearby, we can decide a cafe that we can meet.

As a meeting point I strongly recommend the café of Ara Güler, Magnum photographer and a living legend......
His father's pharmacy he transformed into a café. I missed this opportunity when I visited Istanbul Dec. 2010.......

http://www.araguler.com.tr/

Our friends from Istanbul might have more informations about opening and adress.

EDit: this might be his adress: Istiklal Avenue

I'll try to join but in February I'm in France and end of March in Sicily...
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If anyone wants free accomodation, there is space for a couple of people at a mates place in Istanbul. I need to confirm how far from everything they live.
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alright, we booked this here appartment for our stay (10.-17.): http://www.housetrip.com/en/holiday-...w-season-offer
and there's room for one or two more people for the weekend (18€ each per night if we're four). lluis, do you have a place to stay already?
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As a meeting point I strongly recommend the café of Ara Güler, Magnum photographer and a living legend......
His father's pharmacy he transformed into a café. I missed this opportunity when I visited Istanbul Dec. 2010.......

http://www.araguler.com.tr/

Our friends from Istanbul might have more informations about opening and adress.

EDit: this might be his adress: Istiklal Avenue

I'll try to join but in February I'm in France and end of March in Sicily...
Ara Cafe is a lovely place but if we meet there you will miss 750m from Taksim Square to the cafe

Here is the map (sort of). It is quite easy to find. When you walk from Taksim Square through İstiklal Aveneu, there is another square (a small one) called Galatasaray Square. Ara Cafe is there.



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Great stuff smbilgin.

I had the following from some mates in Istanbul:

"There was a concensus on some places. For asia side of the city people suggest a route starting from Kadiköy, then Üsküdar, then visit Kuzguncuk, Çengelköy and if there is enough time and energy of the people finish in Anadolu Hisari. For Europe side of the city people suggested to start from Zeyrek, then Fener - Balat, then Galata, then Tophane and then finish in Karaköy."

What do you think?
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so we just booked our flights:
10 april (the tuesday) we arrive at 5:30 in the morning (whaaaaaaa'?),
and we're flying out again the next tuesday, 17 april, sometime in the evening. anyone else around for the whole week?
You can always hit one of the locals up. I have the luxury of an almost non-existent schedule, and I'd be happy to meet people individually or in small groups before the horde makes landfall.
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Hi, all. Like Kully said, Des and I are coming between 11/4-15/4. No reservations for accomodation yet, but it will be somewhere near Taksim, just to be close with everyone else.


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oh, that's cool, I'll contact him then! didn't find anything yet, but I'll start looking within the next few days.
Simon, let's hook up us early birds. Martin, it 'd be very nice to meet if you 're around before the weekend. Hope Nico and Andrew make it too, really looking forward to seeing everyone.


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