Meeting Birol: My Istanbul Guy

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Borek
This blog I would like to contribute to Birol. I owed him a lot this trip. He was really nice taking his 2 days off work showing me around Istanbul for 4 days. We went to some tourist attractions as mentioned in Fatih's blogs and also some local hang out places and met some of his friends. It was good having him around since I felt secured having someone especially local to walk with. I felt very much better about Istanbul.

One thing I like about Turkey is that the people are so inviting and they are so proud of showing their country. Everywhere I went I always met school tour with bunch of kids. When I walked pass all the kids will shout "Hello" to me and it was contagious through all the line. If you reply with "Merhaba" they would be so glad to here that.
Tokapi: Kitchen hall. The weight
But if you reply with "Fernabache" (one of the best Turkish football team) they will even love you and gather around you and tried to talk to you how their football team are so great ;)

Another thing in Istanbul that I cannot forget is the FOOD!! My most favorite is Kofte. Birol took me to an old Kofte restaurant which is recommended by Lonely Planet as well. And Borek, some kind of pastry, Locum (Turkish Delight), Cay (Turkish tea drink with 2 sugar), zimmit (Turkish version of pretzel eat with Cay). Ohhh it's an eating paradise indeed.

One of my favorite place was Hazal, a Nargile restaurant in the uptown area by the lake where serve variety of water pipe (Nargile) flavor. I tried only apple and strawberry but they do have Kiwi, pineapple, etc that sound interesting to me unfortunately I didn't go back there again.
newtampo says:
Fernabache!!! :)
I'd like to try Kofte!!
Posted on: May 06, 2008
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Tokapi: Kitchen hall. The weight
Tokapi: Kitchen hall. The weight
My favorite Kofte. I just dreamed …
My favorite Kofte. I just dreamed…
I heard that Turkish people eat ve…
I heard that Turkish people eat v…
Where they grill the Kofte
Where they grill the Kofte
The nut
The nut
Our train, on the way to Hazal, th…
Our train, on the way to Hazal, t…
Meet up with Kaan, Birols brother
Meet up with Kaan, Birol's brother
Bosphorus cruise
Bosphorus cruise
A luxurious hotel
A luxurious hotel
Inside Blue Mosque
Inside Blue Mosque
Me and Birol inTokapi
Me and Birol inTokapi
Tokapi: war museum. I just like th…
Tokapi: war museum. I just like t…
We were discussing about how big t…
We were discussing about how big …
Tea heritage of Turkish women in H…
Tea heritage of Turkish women in …
Birol and me in front of the Kitch…
Birol and me in front of the Kitc…
Kitchen ware.
Kitchen ware.
It was used to weight the food
It was used to weight the food
Bumped with bunch of kids on the t…
Bumped with bunch of kids on the …
Birol and me to Hazal cafe again. …
Birol and me to Hazal cafe again.…
Me in Hazal cafe
Me in Hazal cafe
Food in Hazal cafe. Chicken. It wa…
Food in Hazal cafe. Chicken. It w…
Kiwi tea
Kiwi tea
He was putting tobacco into the Na…
He was putting tobacco into the N…
Borek restaurant
Borek restaurant
View on Bosphorus trip
View on Bosphorus trip
Bosphorus
Bosphorus
Bosphorus
Bosphorus
Bosphorus
Bosphorus
Bosphorus
Bosphorus
A football club in the middle of t…
A football club in the middle of …
Kofte restaurant
Kofte restaurant
Birol and me on the way to Hazal c…
Birol and me on the way to Hazal …
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