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Graham K's Port Reviews of Katakolon (Olympia), Istanbul
Norwegian Jade cruise in November 2013
Member Name: Graham K
Cruise Date: November 2013
Embarkation: Rome (Civitavecchia)
Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
Member Review: Graham K's Norwegian Jade Review
Katakolon (Olympia)
Port Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

Best to just go for a walk along it's colourful and interesting dockside, visiting the shops all staffed by exponents of the ever-friendly and warm Greek panache and style.
Reasonably priced gifts, coffee shops etc.

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Blue Mosque Rating: 3.0 out of 5+

Helter skelter sprinter tour guide didn't understand the word asthematic, so spoilt somewhat. Too little time, and really quite small inside, smaller than you'd imagine.

Bosphorus Cruise Rating: Not Rated

Great fun...genteel cruise along the Bosphorus, covering both sides, whilst sipping a glass of white wine and filling up the cameras memory card. Blissful and strongly recommended

Grand Bazaar Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

One of THE most full-on, mad, bustling, hustling, crazy, draining cities I've ever visited...and this is coming from an ex-Londoner! Not for the shy and retiring, it's a fully charged head-rush of ancient colliding with ultra modern. Breakneck pace of life, literally teams upon teams of pestering hustlers jump on you the minute they can, and from then on, you're targeted until you're finally fleeced by the taxi driver on your journey back to the port.
WORD OF WARNING...if you visit Ismir, DO NOT get a ride from the taxi drivers swarming around the terminal...they phone ahead, drop you off, where upon the door is opened by one of their acquaintances that just happen to own a leather shop. Planned hustle par excellence. BE WARNED!

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