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greatview

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09-13-2010 09:55 PM

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I’m off to Rome then on to Istanbul and thought it might be interesting to see if any lumberjocks are in either of those cities.

-- Tom, New London, NH


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#1 posted 09-13-2010 10:37 PM

I’ve only visited – over a week in Rome and a shorter stay in Istanbul. Two great cities for anyone with an adventuresome spirit. I hope you have a great time.

In Rome – do not rent a car and you might not want to watch when you ride in a taxi.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 09-13-2010 10:53 PM

hello Tom
if there is a chance you get near Milano
then consider to visit Gerard
http://lumberjocks.com/Maclegno
I´m pretty sure he wuold like to see a fellow L J down there

bon voyage :-)
Dennis

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Camper

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#3 posted 09-13-2010 11:00 PM

I am not there currently but I was raised in Istanbul and visit regularly. A wonderful place and very unique. An eclectic mix of the east and the west. If you are into history you will have no shortage of places to visit, actually that goes for Rome as well. Do try to take one of those boat rides along the Bhosphorous on a clear day and try to get a seat outside on the boat. Also try to get in a visit to the water cistern (sp?) . It is not much publicized in tourist guides but it is one of a kind. I am sure you will visit the obvious the blue mosque, Saint Sophia and the Dolmabahce palace. If you take a cab ride, do not fret even if the driver is crazy, I am sure he knows what he is doing :) and if you go shopping in the covered bazaar, always offer half of the said price especially if you are buying a few items :). Ask them to give you the price they charge the locals :)

As for the food..I am sure you will be awed but make sure you taste the lahmacum, the doner, teh baklava and turkish coffee. If you have a choice of meats at a restaurant always go for the lamb. The kebabs and the deserts are one of the best, no need to go for anything else. If you are into drinking, the local favorite (raki) is like sambuca. Its a bit of an acquired taste so take a taste before you order a whole bottle and go slow…I have seen many a “tough” men succumb to it…any more than 2-3 drinks make sure you got someone who can carry you back to the hotel.

hope this helps.

have fun and enjoy your time there….oh do take a look at the American Embassy there if you get a chance….it sits on top of a hill (istanbul is very “hilly”) and is built like a cement fortress…definitely a head turner..

-- Tampa-FL

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#4 posted 09-14-2010 11:11 PM

Been to Rome twice in the last four years. First off, the food, it is really hard to go wrong. The one area I was dissapoited was near the Vatican, too touristy.

Getting Around:
Public: Two main train lines, very easy to use and very cheap. Be careful of pick-pockets, just like any other large city.
Walking: Walking is possible, especially between the ruins; The gardens above the Coliseum are fantastic, as is the Forum and the Hills above it.
Cabs: A littl more expnsive but still very convienent, don’t let them charge you double from the airport for two people; this is a very common scam

Major Sites:
If you’re going to the Coliseum; buy into a tour group, several options on this, but the stand on the far side (toward the Hippodrome) seem the most reasonable. First tour groups will let you skip the line and second the guide will make it much more interactive
Vatican; arrive early, the line will extend around the outside into the Musee Vatican and plan on it taking most of a day to get to the Sistine Chapel. Even with the absurdly long wait it is worth it. St. Peter’s Basicalica is a much shorter wait, but if you’re Catholic plan on spending some time in the building.
Trevei Fountain/Spanish Steps/Dolce Vida; mostly shopping and dining, plan on later in the day. You can combine this area with the Parthanon, since it is a little underwhelming

Food
Much more formal, not in dress but in how you’ll order. Plan on an appetizer, pasta course, fish/meat couse and dessert. For the most part order you can keep costs down by sharing a fish or meat course. Almost all restaurants charge a water/bread fee around 1.50 euro per person. Make sure if the tip is included when you receive the bill.
Highlights involve table wine, very good quality wine can be had for very cheap. You’ll know when you’ve found a good restaurant when you step off the beaten path and see lots of families. If you see steak for say 8.00 euros; that’s the price per 100g, most steak is sold by the 1/10th kilo.

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#5 posted 09-14-2010 11:18 PM

Thanks for the tips. We leave in the morning and will be in Rome Thursday morning. We’ve arranged with the hotel for airport pickup at a price slightly more than a taxi. In Istanbul, our hotel will pick us up for free!

Unfortunately, Milan is not on this trip.

Thanks

-- Tom, New London, NH

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#6 posted 09-15-2010 04:20 AM

I love Italy, I’ve been there 3 times.

I hope I never see Turkey again. Trust me, DON”T DRINK THE WATER!

Have fun!

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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