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Old 01-18-2012   #51
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I would do that but you need to convince my wife that you are a little baby But I doubt that because she takes care of my 10 months daughter already
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Old 01-18-2012   #52
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Where in Istanbul are we going to be? The two times before, I stayed in hotels which were quite far from each other.
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Old 01-18-2012   #53
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As said before, the most popular places all turists would visit are Taksim and Sultanahmet. Each places have a lot of hotels and hostels. If the tour will take 2 days, I think Taksim would be better. Because there are thousands of places for night (bars.. etc). Either way the tour can be organized accordingly. In my opinion from Taksim through all Beyoglu to Galata tower and Karaköy, then to Eminönü through Galata bridge is an option. After that we can stop by for short shopping to Hayyam Pasajı at Sirkeci (which is the center of Istanbul's photographic community) and there are several places you can buy films and have your films developed. After that we can easily walk to SSultanahmet square and go on as long as you want. The other day a Bosphorous tour with a boat may be nice who didn't have a chance before.

But.... If you say, "we are not tourist, we want get some quality shots rather than everyone else" than another route to some different places like Balat can be planned. It is all up to you.

In order to get some impression for the places that I mentioned, you can use the links below:

Taksim and Beyoğlu:
http://www.google.com.tr/search?tbm=...w=1280&bih=661

Galata Tower:
http://www.google.com.tr/search?tbm=...w=1280&bih=661

Karaköy:
http://www.google.com.tr/search?tbm=...w=1280&bih=661

Galata Bridge:
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Eminönü:
http://www.google.com.tr/search?tbm=...w=1280&bih=661

Sirkeci:
http://www.google.com.tr/search?tbm=...w=1280&bih=661

Sultanahmet:
http://www.google.com.tr/search?tbm=...w=1280&bih=661

Bosphorus:
http://www.google.com.tr/search?tbm=...w=1280&bih=661

Balat:
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Thanks smbilgin :-)

My vote goes for Taksim and the places you list. Is there a cafe you can recommend we meet at on Saturday morning? Should we meet somewhere else on Sunday or the same?
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ah, and ping me your email address.
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Old 01-18-2012   #56
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Don't forget sloth - how many times have you said you'll come out to a meet? I ;-)
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Old 01-18-2012   #58
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Hmm, I don't go with the family. We choose Prague. So, I migth join after all. Lets find out how much airmiles I need.
okay, is feasible but no direct fligths. Seems to be a pain to get from Holalnd to Istanbul. Not sure yet.
Is Brussels far from you? As I said before, check www.flypgs.com for cheap flights. They always fly to/from cities with bigger Turkish communities. Brussels is the closest to you, I think.

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Hum hum, the location means that I might actually make it, there are daily flights from Central Asia. Need to check whether it's feasible work-wise.
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Thanks smbilgin :-)

My vote goes for Taksim and the places you list. Is there a cafe you can recommend we meet at on Saturday morning? Should we meet somewhere else on Sunday or the same?
I can say Starbucks if you'd like to have a breakfast we can find another place.

There are almost 3 months. We can find the best place to meet. Don't worry.
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~22€ was the cheapest I could find on HostelWorld for a private single room. Airbnb is another option, if we are a few people willing to share an apartment.

I'll be on the move this spring anyway so going to my first RFF meet is very tempting
well, if it makes sense financially and you or anyone else (preferrably someone we know already ) is willing to share a little appartment for a few days more (from monday or tuesday to monday)...
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I can say Starbucks if you'd like to have a breakfast we can find another place.

There are almost 3 months. We can find the best place to meet. Don't worry.
We could go to McDonalds for dinner too

You're right, we don't need the exact place, but a general area will help (me). choose a place to stay for the days.
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Old 01-18-2012   #63
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This sounds like fun. I'd love to see Istanbul again.
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well, if it makes sense financially and you or anyone else (preferrably someone we know already ) is willing to share a little appartment for a few days more (from monday or tuesday to monday)...
I've been wondering about an apartment share as they can work out much cheaper than even a budget hotel. I'm also with Kully when it comes to actually booking flights/places to stay - I want to know roughly where we'll be so I don't end up having to commute across continents (apologies, but I refuse to grow out of infantile humour)

Even something like this... http://www.holiday-rentals.co.uk/p820030 ...works out at around a tenner a night if we can get seven people together. Certainly if some are planning to be around for more than the weekend itself.

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
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I'm in for the apartment or sharing with anyone to keep costs down (I'd like my own bed though).
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I'm in for the apartment or sharing with anyone to keep costs down (I'd like my own bed though).
I'm looking for a suite of rooms with the finest views in all Turkey however I'm willing to downgrade to my own bed, to fit in you understand. My days of sofa surfing or sleeping under a bivvie aren't necessarily over but I do so enjoy the luxury of a bed when its available.
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how long are you planning to stay, simon?
how about you, sara, kully?
AND LLUIS, CABRÓN?!?
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I'm in for that flat, if it's possible i also want a single bed...an will be great if we do a snorer room! (i'm not, btw);-)
About your question, Simon...don't know the days..but from thursday to monday will work for me...let me see first the spanish airline offers..
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I'm hoping to stay for at least 3-4 days but it will depend on work. If I'm not too busy and can find a cheap enough place to stay then maybe 5-6 days but that may be pushing it.

Istanbul has always been one of 'those' places for me, so I'd like to have enough time to have a snout around having never been before.

It sounds like there may be a few takers on the shared apartment idea.

EDIT: Lluis, I would like to stake a place in the non-snorer's room as I don't believe I snore, my wife on the other hand....well lets just say if you keep me away from the ales, wines, spirits and lagers then she's a liar, out and out liar...otherwise, perhaps she has a point
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For me, I'm already booked on the 06:30 from Luton on Friday, coming back... either Sunday (boo) or Monday (yay) - I'll find out tomorrow.

Simon, leave the sleeping for the plane home. Snoring problem sorted.
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For me, I'm already booked on the 06:30 from Luton on Friday, coming back... either Sunday (boo) or Monday (yay) - I'll find out tomorrow.

Simon, leave the sleeping for the plane home. Snoring problem sorted.
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It is great that RFF members travel from another country to such an event. I wish that I could alse be there. I am sure thst you will document the meeting well with photos and discussions here. I have met with RFF members in Portugal, Germany, and Italy outside tne USA.
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It's a shame you can't make it Raid. It'd be nice to meet you and see what you got in terms of photographs from Istanbul....I remember your Egypt pictures well!
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Even something like this... http://www.holiday-rentals.co.uk/p820030 ...works out at around a tenner a night if we can get seven people together. Certainly if some are planning to be around for more than the weekend itself.

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
that doesn't look too bad does it? we'll book our flights this weekend and then we can talk precise dates. lluis, kully, simon, lisa, simon and maybe sara, maybe one more? I take it that lisa and me are going to be there first, so we might be alone for the first night, but that's not a biggy. I think Istanbul deserves more than 3 days of your time though, good sir.
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It's a shame you can't make it Raid. It'd be nice to meet you and see what you got in terms of photographs from Istanbul....I remember your Egypt pictures well!
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.
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