We arrived in Istanbul the day after Ramadan. The Grand Bazaar was closed (never fear, there are other shopping opportunities). While our guide was knowledgable, we suspect he may have been hung-over. He did take us (as requested) to the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, and Underground Cistern, and was professional, he was far from enthusiastic. Frankly, the stunning beauty of the city and the sights we visited were more than enough to make up for his lack of enthusiasm. Istanbul is an amazing city. I could easily spend a week or more there in the future. The people were delightful (in a city of 15 million!), many spoke English (a plus for us American tourists), the food was incredible, the architecture is amazing, and all-in-all Istanbul is fairly inexpensive, particularly for a city its size. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
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