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x0x Turkish Delights: Istanbul's Places and Prices

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    [See the rest at: http://www.concierge.com/cntraveler/articles/500670 ] x0x Turkish Delights: Istanbul s Places and Prices Comde Nest Traveler Joan Juliet Buck
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      [See the rest at: http://www.concierge.com/cntraveler/articles/500670 ]

      x0x Turkish Delights: Istanbul's Places and Prices

      Comde Nest Traveler

      Joan Juliet Buck and Esin Goknar pick and choose among Istanbul's
      cornucopia of treasures

      Istanbul is a sprawling city of 18 million, with a patchwork of
      neighborhoods bisected by the Bosphorus into the European and Asian sides.
      The up-and-coming Golden Horn, an inlet of the Bosphorus on the European
      side, was settled by Jews, Armenians, and Greek Orthodox during tolerant
      Ottoman times. This revitalized area and the luxurious waterfront of the
      Bosphorusplus the rising star of the Asian regionhave added to Istanbul's
      charms in recent years.

      The easiest way to traverse the city is by taxi, but traffic is a
      constant. Trams ply the congested center, along Istiklal Caddesi and from
      the Istanbul Modern to the Grand Bazaar. Ferries are a pleasant
      alternative, and schedules are posted on each iskele, or (ferry terminal.
      Non-Turkish speakers should check out ido.com.tr/en for scenic four-hour
      Bosphorus tours that allow you to see the Ottoman palaces, (yalis
      (waterfront mansions), and iskeles from the water, as they were intended
      to be viewed.
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