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Turkish Delight: A Gypsy Wooden House

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  Site Where: Abbiyek Degirmini Sok. 7 , Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey, 34400
May 26, 2009 at 12:37 PM | by | ()

Last week Shira Levine spent a few days getting her Turkish Delight on in Istanbul, Turkiye ("Turkey is a bird; Turkiye is the country") and checking out the transcontinental Eurasian city's hotel scene. Any questions about where to stay in Turkiye? Send 'em to us and we'll have Shira answer them for you.

To experience a city like Istanbul, where just two bridges in the Bosphorus connect the continent of Europe to Asia; or where Islam intersects with Christianity and Judaism; and the ancient world juxtaposes a more noveau way of life, it makes total sense that President Barack Obama chose this complicated city as his first to visit.

This week while we recover from slinging back one too many Turkish coffees and raki shots, we'll share our take on post Ottoman-era hotels, totally 80's corporate chains, and the majorly renovated contemporary and luxe slick stays.

Not to mention we'll give the lowdown on how we survived a Turkish hammam, didn't completely destroy our credit in the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market, and how to deal with the never ending probing by Turkish men who ask: "Where are you from? Do you want to come into my nice store?"

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