- Series: Moon Handbooks
- Paperback: 488 pages
- Publisher: Moon Travel (October 26, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1598801759
- ISBN-13: 978-1598801750
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,513,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Moon Istanbul & the Turkish Coast (Moon Handbooks) Paperback – October 26, 2010
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About the Author
Before she moved to Turkey, Jessica spent years as a features/beat/breaking news reporter, proofreader, and editorial writer in a Southern California newsroom. She has generated geopolitical editorial content for Fortune Magazine's Special Sections and features centered on Istanbul for The Guide Istanbul, and her recent involvement in editing and rewriting Portraits of Turkey, a 100-page glossy that was used as the country's business card during the 2007 Cannes Lions Festival, was yet another chance to deepen her knowledge of Turkey.
For the last 15 years, Turkey has continued to capture Jessica's heart: she has become one of its citizens, which has afforded her a privileged experience of the country and its people. Her deepest wish is to share the uniqueness that is Turkey and the hospitality of its people while passing along the remarkable itineraries and sensory experiences she's enjoyed the most during her time there.
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Prefer those two. Reviews in Moon have not been as spot on although
I really favored Moon's Indonesia guide.
There are must sees in Istanbul and this book directs you to them. There are also things in Istanbul that other books direct you to in order to fill pages and to seem comprehensive. These are largely a waste of valuable time. Instead the Moon guide selects a few unique and intriguing out of the way locales in the city that are really charming. By way of comparison, I also followed the advice to out of the way neighborhoods of the competing guides--Istanbul Encounters and Istanbul Day by Day --with strikingly disappointing results .
As far as restaurants go...we stayed in Sultanamet in Istanbul for 2 weeks, trying all sorts of restaurants. In retrospect those mentioned in the Moon guide were by far the most authentic and had the best food. The ones mentioned in the Moon Guide were filled with locals whereas most of the others from the other guides, with tourists. We always got to meet locals at these restaurants and this in itself made the trip much more scintillating. The author herself is a local.
Use this guide as a compendium to Istanbul and your trip will be very very special.
As far as the rest of Turkey goes, the coast is the part that is of interest to most tourists. It is spectacular. But the book, although it covers the Turkish coast beautifully, is not only about the coast because it covers Cappadocia (my favorite area in Turkey) as well as Ephesus and other inland destinations of tourist interest.
Unlike other guidebooks that recommend perhaps 20 restaurants per neighborhood or town, the Moon guide recommends only about 3 (per neighborhood)---but these are the 3 you want to know about. The same with the hotels. You can absolutely trust the recommendations.
For example-- My wife and I were exploring back streets of Gurup in Cappadocia and met a friendly man named Ishmael. After speaking a while he mentioned he owned a restaurant and invited us there (of course he was interested in drumming up business but he was genuinely warm). We later took him up on the offer and had a great, inexpensive, authentically home-cooked Turkish meal (prepared by Ishmael) on the rooftop terrace of his restaurant overlooking the city's lights from atop its highest hill. Ismael, seeing we were in a romantic mood, brought us a candle and made the entire evening special with his warmth. The next morning I checked the Moon guide and his restaurant was one of the three (of perhaps a hundred in existence) that was recommended. It mentioned the warm hospitality of the owner! What can I say? The author wrote from first hand experience and was exactly on target.
Also, I love hiking and this was the only book to give exacting details of a hike in the Ihlara Valley -- a National Park rivaling some in Utah. Not to be missed!
These are 2 examples of how the book was absolutely on target, but to cover all, I would have to type out the entire book for you.
The entire book is like this. It directs you to where you would want to go and fails to mention the places that are forgettable and to avoid. By comparison, the Lonely Planet and Rough Guides have so much info that you have to just take your chances with no way to discern if option A or B or C is better. Believe me, some of the options in these guides are to be avoided! The Moon guide, like a native born friend, helps you through the maze of choices. When visiting a foreign country as diverse as Turkey, this is essential. Trust this book.
You might find that the book lacks a highly detailed map of Istanbul. These are readily available at any Hotel in the town and are much better and up to date than any maps in any guidebook.
Another review mentioned errors without giving any examples. I used the book cover to cover while in Turkey and not only did I not encounter errors but the book seemed to know all of the little nuances. Absolutely a great guidebook.