Preparation for the Turkey trip

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A snowy day in Ortakoy,Istanbul
It has been almost eight months since we first started planning this trip. We wanted everybody to join us so we invited almost 30 people. And while we were waiting for the replies, I was biting my nails !!! What was I thinking?? Would I be able to arrange a trip that would be the perfect trip for 30 very different people?? When we got the final count, it  appeared that it was only my in-laws and four good friends. I guess it was kinda stretch trying to schedule it for alot of people :)

The plans have been changing everytime somebody has a conflict or everytime I think of something new. Since I am from Istanbul, I kinda took control over the trip planning and making all the contacts in Turkey and nobody seems to complain about it :) Not that I am a control freak or anything but I like it.
Ferries going back and forth between two continents(Istanbul)
I dont know if it is because I love Istanbul so much that I just wanna share everything I know or I just like to tell people where to go and what to do :)

Anyway... the plan so far is to see Ephesus,Selcuk, Didyme, Miletus, and Pergamom in th first part of the trip. Instead of trying to deal with every single detail such as transportation or hotels, I cheated on that part and contacted with a travel agency recommended by a proffessor in my department. I went ahead with this travel agency since I know that this professor is really picky but was pleased with his Turkey trip. They do only private touring and the price was reasonable. I will post our ideas about the agency as the trip goes on.

In Istanbul, first we will stay at a hotel in Sultanahmet district for three nights.
A view of Bebek shore(Istanbul)
It will be easier to get to the touristic places such as Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque considering the busy traffic of the city. We will stay with my family for the rest of the trip. It was necessary to make these arrangements because, like most Turkish families, my family is really friendly, warm and talks a lot..sometimes little bit more than necessary :) So I have to give the guests some space before I expose them to the whole family :) I think it will be fun and a good experience for both sides.

Jay and I will try to post on our blog as we go along and hopefully with more pics. If you have any questions about the places in Istanbul (restaurants, shops or places to stay or anything in general), feel free to ask...I will do my best to help you...

azerfriend says:
Wonderful blog -- esp. for someone who is interested in going there!!
Posted on: Jan 30, 2008
travelman727 says:
I've only seen Istanbul and Kusadasi areas, but what a unique and beautiful country!
Posted on: Jun 28, 2006
X_Drive says:
Enjoy! Don't forget, take lots of pictures! I hope you have a wonderful time.
Posted on: May 19, 2006
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A snowy day in Ortakoy,Istanbul
A snowy day in Ortakoy,Istanbul
Ferries going back and forth betwe…
Ferries going back and forth betw…
A view of Bebek shore(Istanbul)
A view of Bebek shore(Istanbul)
The Maidens Tower (Kizkulesi-Ista…
The Maiden's Tower (Kizkulesi-Ist…
The view from Pierre Loti (Golden …
The view from Pierre Loti (Golden…
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