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I have been to Turkey several times. They (Turkish Airlines) are somehow able to consistently be one of the lowest cost and decent airlines.
It is a shame that the country under Erdogan (current leader) does not have better relations with Israel.
I do NOT wear a kippa in Public in Turkey. (I wear a hat/cap)
Even with a hotel for a few nights Turkish Airlines can beat many airlines in terms of price.
I stayed at a decent hotel in Istanbul for about 50$/night.
They have fares to Israel for about 704$ in May of 2015.
Ukraine / Russian airlines are cheaper sometimes but I don't think they are great ..
How does Turkish airlines do it?
The only things I can think of : lower fuel costs? Lower wages? govt subsidies?
The airline is quite ok and Turkey is one of the few Muslim countries that flies to Israel with four or more flights per day on average...
This is not meant to be an Ad for Turk Air....but it is in interesting ::) phenomena....

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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #120 on: July 26, 2020, 02:42:23 PM »
Any recent trip reports?
Have a 12/24 hours stopover
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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #121 on: July 26, 2020, 04:01:49 PM »
Any recent trip reports?
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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #122 on: December 31, 2020, 12:13:30 PM »
I just spoke to Rabbi Mendy Chitrik, apparently the cemetery is closed due to covid along with "all Jewish institutions".

Anyone aware of a way to still go to the Semichas Chachomim?
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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #123 on: March 31, 2021, 12:38:50 PM »
Any updated info?

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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #124 on: May 24, 2021, 10:29:20 AM »
Anyone know if Turkey is safe to visit now?

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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #125 on: May 24, 2021, 12:13:31 PM »
Anyone know if Turkey is safe to visit now?

The danger isn't covid, but the extremists a bit all over.
If you look very Jewish, I'm not sure I'd go alone

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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #126 on: May 24, 2021, 12:17:11 PM »
The danger isn't covid, but the extremists a bit all over.
If you look very Jewish, I'm not sure I'd go alone

I meant in regard to the high tensions between Muslims and Jews all over.
Not alone, but would be a group of maybe 3 or 4 young women.

I guess I'm really questioning if it's any more dangerous now than normal.

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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #127 on: May 24, 2021, 03:16:01 PM »
I meant in regard to the high tensions between Muslims and Jews all over.
Not alone, but would be a group of maybe 3 or 4 young women.

I guess I'm really questioning if it's any more dangerous now than normal.

I was there before Covid for a few days in Istanbul -- and I walked everyday for countless of miles and took buses, metro, ferries with my kippa - nobody said a word to me except when exiting the shul there - everybody else took off their yarmulkes and made a comment to me that that this is not Israel.

To get into the shuls is time consuming, one has to pre-register / send them a copy of your passport beforehand, and then each time  (if one is not a local) one has to go through intensive time-consuming security controls to get in. And then under every seat in the main shul there is a helmet.

Turkey is a large country, but I think the issue in Turkey is not the locals - but the risk of terror from tons of Muslim nationals from various countries who have been in Syria, and have affiliations with ISIS and other terror organisations. It has been in the news recently that dozens of foreign nationals with links to ISIS were arrested in Istanbul by the anti-terror forces there.

I wouldn't say Turkey is dangerous, there are countless of millions of tourists that visit each year -- but better to keep a low profile and then the question why Turkey - there are so many other countries one can go to instead. How about Tbilisi, Georgia instead?

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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #128 on: May 24, 2021, 03:25:15 PM »
I was there while covid, a few month ago (see some pictures I've posted recently).

The danger is the 1 guy in x amount of people that is a radical.

So the question is, do you look very Jewish?

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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #129 on: May 24, 2021, 03:59:15 PM »
I wouldn't say Turkey is dangerous, there are countless of millions of tourists that visit each year -- but better to keep a low profile and then the question why Turkey - there are so many other countries one can go to instead. How about Tbilisi, Georgia instead?

Thanks for your response.

I've tried getting myself interested in Tbilisi and I couldn't really drum it up.

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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #130 on: May 24, 2021, 03:59:38 PM »
I was there while covid, a few month ago (see some pictures I've posted recently).

The danger is the 1 guy in x amount of people that is a radical.

So the question is, do you look very Jewish?

We're female so no Yarmulkas but we do dress modestly

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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #131 on: May 24, 2021, 05:18:23 PM »
We're female so no Yarmulkas but we do dress modestly

I know, I remember from the Morocco thread.

There are religious Christians that dress modestly too.

I don't see an issue.

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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #132 on: May 24, 2021, 05:18:29 PM »
The question why Turkey - there are so many other countries one can go to instead. How about Tbilisi, Georgia instead?
Possibly a stopover. Besides Istanbul is one of my top all time favorite cities in the world and Turkey is a gorgeous and cheap country.
Georgia is definitely on the list of places to visit. Especially Paragraph Resort & Spa Shekvetili

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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #133 on: May 24, 2021, 05:48:10 PM »
Thanks for your response.

I've tried getting myself interested in Tbilisi and I couldn't really drum it up.

Well Tbilisi, nothing there at all other than delicious Georgian cuisine - which I incredibly miss.  I went there to escape the Summer heat - as in the mountains it doesn't get hotter than high 60/low 70° F, amazing landscapes in the isolated mountains, and relatively inexpensive. Research Ushguli, Mestia, Kazbegi, Stepantsminda,  Uplistsikhe, Tusheti National Park, Shatili, Gudauri.

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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #134 on: May 24, 2021, 05:55:47 PM »
Any recent trip reports?
Have a 12/24 hours stopover

Ask me if needed. You know where to find me. ;-)

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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #135 on: May 25, 2021, 09:40:04 AM »
I know, I remember from the Morocco thread.

There are religious Christians that dress modestly too.

I don't see an issue.

Appreciate it!

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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #136 on: July 27, 2021, 10:37:39 AM »
Can someone  recommend a guide for Turkey?

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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #137 on: August 10, 2021, 05:18:34 PM »
https://twitter.com/mchitrik/status/1419529678805782529?s=20

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/311470

Oh. Do I wish I could have tagged along for that trip. I hope that in the future when I'm ready to travel, I would be able to do this trip (preferably with him).
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Re: Turkey Master Thread
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Re: Turkey Master Thread
« Reply #139 on: October 24, 2021, 06:41:09 PM »
Any recommendations on reliable driver in Istanbul for a half day stopover? No answer from Yusuf mentioned upthread. Thanks