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Post by 5waldos » Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:51 pm

Just a heads up for anyone going to Istanbul- half the city is under renovation at the moment. The Blue Mosque is closed til late May, Hagia Sophia is open but half of it is blocked off, the Basilica Cistern is waterless, Topkapi has large sections closed. We were told that since the cruise ships were not coming back for another year or so, Istanbul is taking this time to try and get everything renovated. It was a bit disappointing.

One other thing- don't know how to find out when this happens but on certain days school kids are admitted free into the big sites. Which is wonderful for them but being surrounded but a hundred or more young kids makes some of the sites very difficult to appreciate. They are kids and they are noisy and busy. Would definitely try to avoid these days. Have no idea how often this happens but well worth checking into it.

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Post by leela » Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:59 pm

Yep. Turning up to each site to find it being renovated got old pretty quickly for us, too.

I'd also suggest avoiding weekends. We were there Saturday/Sunday/Monday. Monday was a lot more pleasant.
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Post by Bastet » Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:41 pm

Oh that would really have sucked.

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Post by truenic » Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:46 am

Agreed. Sorry this happened. :(

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Post by strife » Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:21 pm

It's still an excellent city for being a flaneur. I spent most evenings wandering about, befriending cats, and playing backgammon with strangers.
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Post by leela » Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:26 pm

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Post by strife » Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:31 pm

I loved the cats there. They'd crawl all over me - I'd walk down streets in the middle of the night, a cat on each shoulder. They'd always jump off at the end of their turf, usually a block. Then I'd go fishing on Galata Bridge.
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Post by VinnyD » Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:48 pm

I can recommend the movie Kedi, about the cats of Istanbul.

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Post by strife » Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:02 pm

VinnyD wrote:
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I can recommend the movie Kedi, about the cats of Istanbul.
Heard about it, but still haven't seen it. Istanbul is a cat lover's city, and I'm insane about cats. The Istanbullis set out food and milk for the ferals every morning! It's not a random occurrence - they look out for the Monsters. I'd bring cans of tuna or sardines on my nightly perambulations. I loved that city so much. Only Lisbon has rivalled it for me.
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Post by VinnyD » Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:17 pm

It's Istanbullus, if not İstanbullular. Gotta preserve that vowel harmony.

You would really like the movie. I said it was about Istanbul's cats; more precisely, it is about Istanbul's cats and the people who love them.

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Post by strife » Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:19 pm

VinnyD wrote:
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It's Istanbullus, if not İstanbullular. Gotta preserve that vowel harmony.

You would really like the movie. I said it was about Istanbul's cats; more precisely, it is about Istanbul's cats and the people who love them.
Yes, front vowels, back vowels. Obviously I'm beginner.
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Post by VinnyD » Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:27 pm

It is a very cool language. I gave up because of the prospect of memorizing thousands of vocabulary items that I was most likely never going to use. But the structure, phonetic, morphological, syntactic, is cool to the extreme.

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Post by strife » Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:30 pm

VinnyD wrote:
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It is a very cool language. I gave up because of the prospect of memorizing thousands of vocabulary items that I was most likely never going to use. But the structure, phonetic, morphological, syntactic, is cool to the extreme.
I love it too, but probably won't get very far. It's a vanity project. Syntax is so foreign, but makes sense. It's a language deeply satisfying to study.
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Post by Unwashed_Pom » Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:40 am

strife wrote:
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I loved the cats there. They'd crawl all over me - I'd walk down streets in the middle of the night, a cat on each shoulder. They'd always jump off at the end of their turf, usually a block. Then I'd go fishing on Galata Bridge.
I hope you tossed them back. You could fill a hotel handbasin with a school of the little suckers.

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Post by DCComic » Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:48 am

VinnyD wrote:
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I can recommend the movie Kedi, about the cats of Istanbul.
I enjoyed it, but it’s for cat fans only.
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Post by micvan » Sat May 05, 2018 2:11 pm

I guess renos may be necessary from time to to time but sometimes it's not good. For instance the cisterns with modern art installations and blairing music. All the mood and mystery stripped away.

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Post by ben_hanscombe » Sat May 05, 2018 7:12 pm

From time to time, sure, but it would be nice if they'd staggered them a bit.

That said, I could have lived happily with all of them except the Basilica Cistern. I loved that place so much when it was fully open.
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Post by leela » Sat May 05, 2018 9:09 pm

micvan wrote:I guess renos may be necessary from time to to time but sometimes it's not good. For instance the cisterns with modern art installations and blairing music. All the mood and mystery stripped away.
Yep. I'm keen to see the Registan again, when I get back to Uzbekistan. This time without scaffolding and building going on. But I've read a few reports of its arcades now being full of souvenir stalls etc.
It seems that those in charge of some of these sights don't realise why visitors come, and what they want to experience.

Keeping the tourist shops outside the complex would improve the experience for visitors, but presumably isn't a priority for those making the decisions.
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Post by Homerj » Tue May 15, 2018 3:47 pm

At least you didn't have Justin Beiber staying at your hotel 5 dub.
Try running a gauntlet of about 1000 screaming tweens every time you want to return to your room got old pretty quick.
To the hotels credit they let us check out early and refunded us for our stay.
IST is still an awesome city but it would suck to show up and have 1/2 the sites under construction.
I'm going to the back seat of my car, with the woman I love, and I won't be back for ten minutes!

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Post by 5waldos » Tue May 15, 2018 7:57 pm

It rather did Homerj. But you are right- Justin B would have just doubled the "pleasure". On the other hand, we tend to stay at small boutiquey hotels so it would not be likely. Greta Garbo perhaps, back in the day.

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Post by Boinkity_Boink » Fri May 18, 2018 5:23 am

Homerj wrote:
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At least you didn't have Justin Beiber staying at your hotel 5 dub.
Try running a gauntlet of about 1000 screaming tweens every time you want to return to your room got old pretty quick.
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