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As it all kicks off with protests, tear gas and government crackdowns, all I can say about Istanbul is that it is one of the most tourist friendly, cleanest and well-run cities I have visited.
Yes, the place is rammed full of traffic. It can take hours to get across the city in a car.
But the main city itself is easily negotiated by foot – if you don’t mind hills – and has an excellent tram service.
The temples are sensational, the views across the Bosphorus brilliant. Food is sensational, culture coulorful and the city is safe. Which all makes the current (May/June 2013) troubles all the more disappointing for what is a progressive, developing nation.
Images taken in September 2011.