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april/may visit

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april/may visit

Planning my first ever visit for a week somewhere between April 15th and May 15th. I would like advice if there are especial attractions during this time that should influence what dates I choose. I enjoy arts/ performances/ festivals. I would like to hear the Istanbul symphony but could not find info this far ahead.

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I suggest the first two weeks of May as the weather will be really nice and tulips still all over Istanbul. There is a classical music concert on May 9, by Borusan Philharmonic Orchestra of Turkey at Lutfi Kırdar Concert Hall and it is on sale right now at Biletix website. "www.biletix.com/etkinlik/OKBFG/ISTANBUL/en". There are always events in Istanbul year round and Biletix website and "http://www.mymerhaba.com/en/main/events.asp" and "www.mydestination.com/istanbul/events/73" are good sources to follow these events. From Biletix website you can buy your tickets in advance online.

good luck,


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Hi Sophie - It seems that you are planning on visiting Istanbul during your annual Skagit Valley Festival. I lived in Seattle for five years and can tell you that you will be very awed to see how creatively this city accents itself with a brilliant display of over 3 million blooms.

What valuable links Enigma has given you to help find scheduled events and local neighborhood festivals, and to further your interest in the "arts" consider an EBRU demonstration or half-day class. This is the Turkish art of paper marbeling. What a great souvenir you can make yourself.

Also, be sure to include the Istanbul Modern - Turkey's first modern and contemporary art museum. Beautiful location on the Bosphorus with outstanding exhibits, both permanent and traveling. I found it to be a welcome contrast to the Old City after several days of intense antiquity. http://www.istanbulmodern.org/en

Have fun planning.


Edited: 5:10 am, November 18, 2012
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