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TURKEY

Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul: Seat of Three Empires

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10 Days | 9 Nights
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Premium Email Subscriber Apr 10, 2014 at 09:00 PM

Hi. Is anyone else signed up for the Istanbul trip May 6-15 leaving from Boston-Logan at 4:40 on May 5, with a plane change in Frankfurt? Would love to say Hello, if so. --Carole


Karen Stewart Sep 10, 2013 at 11:44 PM

Hello wondering if anyone is leaving f rom JFK on Sept.23 with a stopover in Munich then to ankara?


David Hall Jul 30, 2013 at 04:38 PM

Hey fellow Istanbul travelers (Oct 2013).
I live in Virginia, travel a lot, have a deep interest in Music (of all types) and many friends have recommended Istanbul, so I am now going.
Would like to connect with a few other fellow travelers before we go.
David


Abraham Waksman Sep 10, 2012 at 12:50 PM

The latest Wall-Street-Journal magazine has a section on Istanbul - "Dreaming in Ottoman". Worth a glance


Paul Tribble Sep 09, 2012 at 12:31 AM

I know that you folks will enjoy the Istanbul program as I did in May. Make sure that you try the "raki"......it's the national beverage of Turkey.


Raymond Conroy Sep 09, 2012 at 12:03 AM

The Group Leader we should be having is also a film maker (Reyan Tuvi). There is a YouTube video where she talks of her film. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBtgAAYehmQ


Maria Clarkson Sep 08, 2012 at 11:07 PM

Another article in the September 3 Newsweek on the Museum of Innocence. Hope to visit it when I am in Istanbul. Am going solo on the September17-27 trip.
Lisa Ross-Miller Apr 30, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Hi Maria, I'm going on the Istanbul trip May 14, 2013. I have a couple questions about the Palazzo Donizettei Hotel rooms. Is there a hair dryer and clock in the rooms. Also is there a converter provided that changes the 120 voltage to their 220 electric? Thanks much for any help you can give me. Sincerely Lisa Ross-Miller at lcross@i2k.com


Abraham Waksman Sep 04, 2012 at 01:54 PM

There is an interesting writeup in the New York times on a book by a Turkish Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk and his new book "The Museum of Innocence" .


http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/30/books/orhan-pamuk-opens-museum-based-on-his-novel-in-istanbul.html


"it is about Istanbul’s upper class beginning in the 1970s, a time when Mr. Pamuk was growing up in the elite Nisantasi district. He describes the novel as a love story set in the melancholic back streets of that neighborhood and other parts of the European side of the city. But more broadly it is a chronicle of the efforts of haute-bourgeois Istanbulis to define themselves by Western values, a pursuit that continues today as Turkey as a whole takes a more Islamic turn. Although Mr. Pamuk said the book explores the “pretensions” of upper-class Turks, who “in spite of their pro-Western attitudes are highly conservative,” it is hard not to the see the bricks-and-mortar Museum of Innocence as largely an act of nostalgic appreciation."



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