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List of Reviews in Turkey

Updated May 29, 2017
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  1. Expensive "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Goreme, Turkey
    We had dinner at this restaurant on our first evening in Goreme after touring the Open Air Museum. It is located in the center of Goreme and offers traditional Anatolian cuisine. The restaurant is very inviting when you walk in. We had a look at the …
  2. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    The plaque outside the Basilica Cistern sight is such a good description I can hardly do better, so give that description below. I did edit it a bit here and there: "Constructed in the 6th century during the reign of Emperor Justinian, the most pr…
  3. Cheap "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Istanbul, Turkey
    Looking for a quick meal one evening on Istikal Avenue we came across Bereket Halk Döner. Döner kebap is filets of meat stacked on a vertical spit that is rotated, or turned, in front of the heat source. In fact, Döner means "turning". The cooked …
  4. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    The Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque) was built between 1609 and 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I, for which it is named. The Blue Mosque gets its nickname for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. The exterior of the mosque has five mai…
  5. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    Down at Bogaz Iskelesi, the Bosphorus cruises pier, you can find many a ship eager to take you on a cruise. There are some well established operators that have their own buildings by the river where you can get tickets for a cruise, but also many sol…
  6. Expensive "Sights & Attractions" in Goreme, Turkey
    I took my Balloon trip in Goreme with Butterfly Balloons. I arranged the trip through the Kelebek Hotel nearby, which has an association with this Balloon company (See my review of Kelebek Cave Hotel & Pansiyon). In fact, Kelebek means Balloon in Tur…
  7. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Avanos, Turkey
    While in Avanos we stopped by Guray Seramik. When you arrive, the owner comes to greet you and takes you on a tour which begins in the pottery storage area, proceeds to an section where artists apply their paints, and then a there is a demonstration …
  8. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    Hagia Eirene is a small Byzantine domed basilica dating to the 6th century and thought to reside on the site of the oldest place of Christian worship in Istanbul, where a previous church was built in the 4th century. Hagia Eirene was incorporated int…
  9. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    Hagia Sophia was an Eastern Orthodox Basilica (562-1204, 1261-1453), a Roman Catholic Cathedral (1204-1261), a Mosque (1453-1931), and now a museum (since 1935). The name comes from the Greek: Ἁγία Σοφία, "Holy Wisdom"; Latin: Sancta Sophia…
  10. Expensive "Hotels & Accommodations" in Istanbul, Turkey
    I have to say this is a really nice hotel if you can afford it. I stayed here during a conference and was very pleased. Lots of amenities - Free Internet too, but a bit slow. It's modern and upscale with great rooms, clean and comfortable - get one w…
  11. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Istanbul, Turkey
    The Istanbul Archaeological Museums is a group of 3 museums, one main museum, the Archaeological Museum, in addition to the Museum of the Ancient Orient and Museum of Islamic Art (Tiled Kiosk). This review concerns the one in the main building, the A…
  12. Average priced "Hotels & Accommodations" in Goreme, Turkey
    I did some research online before my journey to Cappadocia. Kelebek has an attractive website that is easy to navigate. They have pictures of all 36 rooms with a breakdown of price, type of room and bed. I found this extremely helpful in making my de…
    This review was featured on Friday June 17th, 2011
  13. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Istanbul, Turkey
    There are a large number of places to dine on Istikal Avenue in Istanbul, so choosing a place can be rather problematic. Looking for a place to eat one evening, we spotted Konak from the street and the attractive building facade looked inviting, so w…
  14. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Istanbul, Turkey
    I have never been a big fan of museum restaurants. The food is usually overpriced and not that great, but Konyali is an exception. Located in the confines of Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, it is run by the forth generation of the family, Mehmet Eren Dog…
  15. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Goreme, Turkey
    We had lunch at Manzara on our last afternoon in Goreme. We were recommended to come here by some fellow travelers staying at Kelebek. They spoke highly of the food, so we decided to give it a try. While we came for the food, the views were an extra …
  16. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Istanbul, Turkey
    Muradan offers authentic Byzantine and Turkish cuisine with an open terrace view on the upper level overlooking the Sea of Marmara and the Blue Mosque. There is also a lower level inside dining area which is rather elegant and clean looking inside, b…
  17. Expensive "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Goreme, Turkey
    We had dinner at this restaurant on our second evening in Goreme. It was recommended by the owner of the Kelebek Hotel where we stayed, and only a few minutes walk to get there. It is located next to Sultan Cave Suites. The restaurant is quite large,…
  18. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Istanbul, Turkey
    I have to tell a short story first, with some relevance, before the review. I was serving as committee member for the Advanced Solid State Photonics meeting in Istanbul. I encouraged my former professor, Ph.D. thesis advisor and friend of many years …
    This review was featured on Friday June 22nd, 2012
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