Being naturally untrusting New Yorkers in Istanbul, we were always looking for the catch; the “what’s in it for them”. However, in the end we had to admit that there was no catch. The local people were truly helpful, polite and caring! Istanbul is a wonderful city!
Istanbul, Turkey’s Kadıköy neighborhood is a labyrinth of lively cobbled streets and small buildings with cafes, restaurants, book stores, antique shops or simply stalls selling the freshest produce we saw.
It very easy to get to Kadıköy by ferry; so do it soon after you arrive !
Fourteen tonnes of gold leaf building in the ceilings and the largest collection of Bohemian and Baccarat crystal chandeliers – including world’s largest Bohemian crystal chandelier in the Ceremonial Hall (Muayede Salonu); a gift from Queen Victoria, this chandelier holds 750 lamps originally powered with city gas converted to electricity in 1912 and weighs 4.5 tonnes – Dolmabahçe Sarayi (meaning filled garden) was ordered by Sultan Abdülmecid (1839-61) to compete with the grandness of European capitals.
Arnavutköy Albanian Village, by its full name, was actually Armenian and Greek under the Ottoman rule. Currently, it is a posh neighborhood on Istanbul’s Bosphorus, with beautiful wooden Ottoman mansions and boats lining the crystal blue waterfront. Look for the striking Monument of Atatürk, across the street is a small rooftop cafe, perfect for an afternoon tea and Bosphorus view.