We are a well travelled retired couple very used to finding our own ways around new locations and tourist attractions. We also require to meet and talk to locals and hence were attracted to the 'Home cooked Istanbul' evening. It was interested to go into a local's home and join them in their meal however the choice of family was not as interesting as we had hoped - we had hoped for a more complete family with father and grandparents so that we might have learnt about their life across the generations. However the whole evening was made very enjoyable and enlightening thanks to our excellent guide - Salih Cam. Once we got to the 'popular hangout' and learnt to play backgammon then the discussions between Salih and ourselves became very interesting and we learnt a lot about modern day life in Istanbul - if only through the eyes of one observant person. Salih's only restriction was his lack of knowledge of life outside his own country - but that unfortunately is a 'perhaps inevitable' failing of guides in whatever country we have used them. We would recommend anyone to ask for Salih as a guide.
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