Suggestions for Visiting Istanbul

One of my Dutch friend had planned a mini-trip to Istanbul, therefore he asked me what they should definitely do/visit and what they should not do.
I recognized that I did not think about that before from a tourist’s point of view. It was a hard question, but thanks to my two friends who has many guests from different nationalities. With their suggestions, I am able to write an answer as following:

First of all this website seems really good:
You should definitely see Istanbul old city.
You should see at least following historical places:

  1. Sultan Ahmet (Blue Mosque)
  2. Aya Sofya (Hagia Sophia)
  3. Topkapı Palace
  4. Basilica Cistern
  5. Grand Bazaar

You should do Bosphorus Ferry Trip.
You may also do a Princess Island tour.

See the options here

  1. Als je maar één dag hebt
  2. 48 uur in oud Istanboel: dag 1 en dag 2

Good to go:
Kadikoy Ciya Sofrasi: or
Karakoy Gulluoglu:

Kadikoy Yanyalı Fehmi: or
Karakoy Koskeroglu: or

With the latest exchange rates, you may find the shopping very cheap.

You need Turkish Liras. We usually use 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 Turkish liras.
Don’t prefer to take or use 200 Turkish Liras.
There may be fraud with 200 Turkish Liras.
See here:
Credit card usage is common. But be careful with your debit card.
Don’t allow anyone to use your debit card by using magnetic stripe.

And something about prices: There are non-negotiable price tags in most of the city’s retail outlets. Most exceptions to this rule can be found in the Grand Bazaar.

You can use Uber, it is possible, but it is currently illegal in Turkey 🙁
Be careful with the taxi drivers. (yellow cars which have a label Taksi)
Always use google maps to check if he is on the right way, or he is trying to make the road longer to get more money.
And the last thing about public transportation:

Self-Organising Team

While I was working at Siemens Turkey, I saw a poster in our office.

The roots of the Turkish phrase is coming from this video I suppose (But I am not 100% sure):

I don’t want to translate it, because translation removes the power of the phrase 🙂

Whenever I look at that poster, I smile. Therefore, I wanted to put that also here:

“When the team is working together for long enough to remember the rules and apply them by themselves without even any kind of lead or guidance.

When the team has already built a self-operating, previously approved system and all the members are intuitively conscious about what needs to be done when.

So that the leader (i.e. scrum master for agile teams) does not feel the need of guide or assist the members and just advise them to do what ever they feel like to do.”

PS: I thank the guy who designed that poster. Unfortunately I didn’t know who prepared the poster, I will add his/her name when I learn it.