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Istanbul for First-Timers

Spanning two continents and melding the traditional and the cosmopolitan, you will find Istanbul enchanting and exotic. Find out how to do the city right even on your first visit.

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Being one of our absolute favorite cities in the world, we have gone to Istanbul many, many times and can’t wait to get there again. While there, we like to try and find new places to explore, but a lot of the time we go back to our most popular spots like the Rumeli Hisari for breakfast.

If you haven’t been to this amazing city, you need to bump it up on your bucket list. Turkey is a safe and beautiful place to visit with welcoming people and great food. And even though Istanbul is the biggest, maybe most exotic, there are many more amazing places to visit in Turkey as well.

Show Notes

4:33 – Overnight Train from Ankara
6:26 – Marmara Sea and the Golden Horn – Turkish ferries
8:50 – When is the best time to go to Istanbul?
9:37 – Turkey is famous for tulips
10:53 – Princes Islands
13:13 – Sight in Sultan Ahmet
29:08 – Outside of Sultan Ahmet
33:56 – Grand Bazaar

Worth Mentioning

Hotels in SultanAhmet
Blue Mosque
Top Kapi Palace
Hagia Sofia
Cistern Basilica
Whirling Dervishes
Hamam- Turkish Bath
Grand Bazaar
Galata Bridge
Balik Ekmek Boats (fish sandwich boats)
Egyptian Bazaar
Pandeli Restaurant

Podcaster Bios for Jim and Corinne: Jim and Corinne are a married couple who love everything travel. Having met and married in Germany, they’ve never stopped. Along the way, they have raised two kids, visited over 90 countries (including every country in Europe), and have plenty of stories and travel tips to share. Read more about them on our About page.

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