My girlfriend and I just returned from a 5-day visit to Istanbul - her third time, my first - and we saw mention of Istanbul Eats in NY Times so decided to sign up for it. We thought it would be the ideal experience to give some diversity to our visit, and boy, it delivered! Megan took 6 of us - me and Therese, two other single women and a couple from Belgium - on a tour of discovery of Beyoglu, the neighborhood north of the Golden Horn. We ate fabulously and learned all kinds of interesting things about the recent history of the neighborhood and the eating establishments there.
We loved the walking tour and recommend it highly to anyone who wants to go beyond the surface of Istanbul. Thanks, Megan and Ansel! Oh, and by the way, just to show you the kind of great organization I.E. is, we were curious as to whether the Grand Bazaar would be open, since it was the day before Ramazan Bayrami, and some businesses close for that day. Ansel made some calls and texted Megan during our tour to let us know that it was open, and then Megan gave us all the info we needed to get to the Grand Bazaar and back to our hotel. They go above and beyond!
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