The Leading Families of Modern Turkey by their Marks on the City’s Heritage, after the very unique and liveliest district of historical Pera as a Center of Westernization through its Urbanization and Architecture…
The walking part would include Greek-Orthodox, Armenian and Catholic Churches on the same Boulevard, the civic architecture of “Belle Epoque” accompanied by the new means of transportation technologies of the late 19th & early 20th centuries. The Levantine neighborhood of Galata will follow them with its famous tower from the 15th century.
A tentative program might be like;
Istanbul Modern/Sadberk Hanım/Sabancı Museums + Galata-Taksim Walking Tour + the Whirling Dervishes Performance
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My husband and I had the good fortune of finding Adel Fide to use as our guide for a day in Istanbul. He knows the city well and his knowledge of history and architecture is very impressive but delivered in a way that was not condisending and was easy to understand. He took us to a great lunch spot that other tourist do not go to, and explained a lot about the social issues at hand in Turkey along with the political ones. We were absolutely charmed by him as a guide and human being who bought lunch for some street children while we were with him.
I would certainly recommend him to anyone wanting to make the most of their time in istanbul, and have a very smart local as their guide.
Istanbul is a very hilly town like San Francisco, but with roads and walkaways that are uneven in places. It is not a city that you can easily drive around in, so we did the subways with Adel, which was quicker and easier than surface traffic. I wish we’d had another day with him.
We just returned a few days ago and had an amazing trip, our day with Adel was a highlight!