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A quick guide to navigating Istanbul’s Bazaars

Any Turkish holiday should include some exposure to the Istanbul shopping experience with all of its magic, charm and hustle. Be ready for something different where organized chaos can afford you some special bargains and nice gifts for the whole family. Consider Istanbul shopping as a cultural experience where you have to learn on your feet to get the best that Turkey has to offer.

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Festivals & Events in Spring 2011

What with Easter falling on the 24th and the Royal wedding taking place in London on the 29th, April looks like an interesting month for travel. Will you be taking advantage of the public holidays for travel? There are lots of attractive options and here are some of the best for April and beyond. If you have anything to add to the list, let us know in the comments!

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Going to a Turkish bath in Istanbul

For many people, travel is all about experiencing new things – things you wouldn’t have an opportunity to experience at home. That can mean glorious new food discoveries, testing your tongue around the words of a new language, or learning a few local dance steps – and then putting them to practice in a bar. But if that “new experience” involves stripping down to your birthday suit and getting lathered up by a stranger, you might think twice, right?

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Cooking (and dining) in Istanbul

I had always considered France the food mecca. But that was before I went to Turkey.

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