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Istanbul cited in 'Using Astrology to Plan Travel this Holiday Season' Still vibrant and popular today, the five-thousand-year-old art of astrology can identify, say, business and romantic opportunities or challenges. And those celestial bodies slinking about the stars can also help pinpoint optimal times and places for travel. And since destinations have their own astro-charts -- which interact with yours -- astrology can even serve as a kind of spiritual travel agent. It can tell you, for example, about places likely to be harmonious or challenging…

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Baklava in '5 of the Best Baked Desserts from Around the World'

Sakaman If you were to imagine the best dessert or baked item in the world, then your favourite would likely be very different from your friends and family members. From childhood treats to family recipes, there are many foods that are personal to each individual and this is especially true when it comes to desserts. Sugary, sweet treats hold a lot of nostalgia for most people and often these bakes and desserts use influence from local flavours. A lot of these “desserts” are actually classed…

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4 Best Hotels in Istanbul With Great Gym Facilities

Hi Everyone!I have visited Turkey several times in my life and no doubt, it is a beautiful place for tourists. However, as a fitness lover, I usually prefer to stay in Istanbul hotels which also offer an outstanding gym facility. In this thread, I am going to share such 5 hotels with you:Grand Hyatt Istanbul: If you have enough budget and want to a hotel near to Taksim Square then Grand Hyatt Hotel should be your first choice. With housekeeping, free Wi-Fi, laundry, spa and business services,…

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7 musts of Istanbul

Istanbul is a city of many fascinating and fun things to see and do. With its captivating ancient culture, delicious cuisine, and distinct neighborhoods, you can never experience a dull day in Istanbul.  Here are the top things to do in Istanbul.  read post

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  • Max, since that was a British travel industry study, I'm sure it relates more to hotels and other industry rates, as well as general prices in tourist zones. But I daresay if you head out into where the real people live, costs are probably still quite a bit lower than Spain's.
  • Here's an interesting item from Guess you could say it's more proof of how much of a crowd-pleaser Turkey has become!

    Turkey now more expensive as holiday destination than Spain

    "Holidaymakers to Turkey face paying more for tourist items, despite being seen as a value destination outside the eurozone.

    While the Turkish lira has weakened by more than seven per cent against sterling in the past year, a new Post Office Worldwide Holiday Costs Barometer reveals a price hike of almost 44% for meals, drinks and other holiday items.

    The country has dropped 14 places in the barometer table of 30 worldwide destinations to 22nd position, making it much more expensive than Spain."

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  • Turkey -- specifically the Dalaman coast -- gets a shout-out on this week's Tripatini blog survey of hot destinations for 2010. Check it out!
  • Izmir is great and if get a guide book you will see how very much you can do in day trips from there, including Ephesus being about 45 min. away. Join the Turkish-American Cultural Center for starters. I lived there 3 years and loved every minute.
  • Welcome to OneNation! Please consider helping our member Jazcat regarding her questions on Izmir and Istanbul, posted below. Thanks!
  • Greetings! A new member, Jazcat, has requested info for her upcoming visit to Turkey:

    "My husband and I will be traveling to Turkey in a couple weeks. We will have 7-10 days in Turkey, he is going over to work with his company but we are going over early to travel. I would appreciate suggestions on best places to see and best use of our time.

    I expect we will spend 3-4 days in Istanbul then take the ferry/train down to Izmir where he will be working. Any suggestions on places not to miss in Istanbul would be appreciated.

    In Izmir, is there anything interesting to see. I was hoping to get to Troy but see that is a 5 hour bus ride from Izmir and wondering if it is worth it. Kusadasi/Ephesus is much closer to the south. Any suggestions on how to get to Kusadasi from Izmir, not sure if a bus or maybe a taxi/tour guide would be good.

    Thanks for all your help."
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