Way back when, I was a young man, in the seventies, I was in the Air Force, stationed at Inchilik. I was fortunate enough to have reliable transportation and when I could take time away from my duties I traveled as far and wide as I could with an AF friend. I fell in love with the country and people and have always wanted to return with my wife to show her the country. Now I have finally made plans to do this, of course I am much older and things have certainly changed physically for both me and Turkey, but how?
Because of our ages we have signed for a guided tour but we will spend several days on our own in Istanbul before. I should point out that I have never been in Istanbul, just passed through on entering and leaving the country. How is crime in the city, I hear that one must be careful re taxis, but walking around, in the evening? I do recall that everyone back then on base got what we called the TT's or Turkish Trots (or just Trots). Now I read that there are foodie tours in the country. So, do we need to care still about cleanliness, food preparation, the TT's, other illnesses or concerns?
What maps and books do you recommend? I assume I can find and download various PDFs regarding public transportation in Istanbul. Are there any good sites for tourist/travel info, sites with walking tours? I am a photographer and am interested in photographer/blog sites with information on where to go and shoot, photo galleries, etc. Are there day guides we could hire, particularly photographers?
By the way, I frequent Trip Advisor forums for all our trips and this one seems to be one of the best. Not only do I look forward to the trip but to spending more time here too. So, thanks ahead.