When we think of our first trip to Istanbul, we will always be grateful for Olga's personal tour of a city full of sights, smells and sounds. I reviewed several choices for food tours and am confident we made the best selection. We communicated directly with her, she was very responsive and flexible. After arriving from an overnight flight, we were energized by her tour through the streets, the markets & the shops - places we would never have visited on our own. She introduced us to trams and ferries and helped us feel extremely comfortable over our next few days in a place where we didn't know the language or how to navigate. Olga used food to build a foundation for our understanding of the sense of place, culture and history. But food was simply the vehicle and our conversations led us beyond the initial 3 hours we had expected to spend with her. We were enthralled by her knowledge of Istanbul - equal to her appreciation for food - and soon realized we had surpassed our negotiated time. Never once did our jet lag interfere but our stomachs did begin to beg for relief! Who knew there could be such a difference between an average Turkish Delight and an outstanding one? Or how fresh the pide could be in a market stall for locals that you would have simply passed by? My only regret is that we didn't have Olga with us during the rest of our travels throughout Turkey but her introductory recommendations served us well. We have recommended Olga to travelers who came after us and they have wholehearetedly agreed with the assessment of our experience. We're confident you will as well. Thanks Olga!
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