Eskişehir bleg

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Umm, down by the lake/river. Artificial one in the centre of town. That's all I found out in my two days there.

Except that you cannot buy Turkish cigarettes in Turkey any more......

Most famous food is çiğ börek, and the most famous place is just off the river. I forget the name, but if you ask around, I'm sure you'll find it. There is also a very good pide place, best I had in Turkey. Wish I remember where it was, though...

Perhaps you'll run into Tom Sietsema, the Washington Post's food critic, who is leaving for Istanbul this week. Try Antiochia, a restaurant in the Beyoglu district. We had a spectacular meal there last spring. It specializes in the cuisine of the region near Antiochia (ancient Antioch) in southeast Turkey.

http://istanbuleats.com/2009/08/antiochia-style-and-taste/

Perhaps visit some of the mass graves of Greeks and some destroyed Greek Orthodox Churches.

Don't eat much. The trolleys are very narrow.

While in Istanbul, stock up on hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds and pistachios. Turkey is a large producer of these four types, and Turks eat them alone and in every type of food. Unless recently overtaken by China, it is the world's biggest producer of hazelnuts; black sea walnuts are considered the least bitter; Datca (pronounced Datcha) almonds have a higher reputation than any other variety; while the small and thus hard to open pistachios are far superior to Iran's bulky genus. Nut sellers are often roasters as well, so roasted hazelnuts are an especial treat; which in other countries have often gone rancid by the time anyone buys them since they are expensive compared to snacks and sweets. Whereas in Turkey the turnover is so high, one hardly ever finds rancid stock.

Food tips:
Great ottoman cuisine at Haci Abdullah in Beyoglu. A classic.
Fresh Kalkan (special type of Turbot) from a fish market (either the one in Sahne Sokak, Beyoglu or the Kadikoy one).
Kiva restaurant near the Galata tower. Anatolian food with a modern twist. Don't miss it!

*For Istanbul, obviously.

Everything there is to see, you can find here:
http://www.eskisehir-bld.gov.tr/eng/eskisehir_turizm.php

It's the official Eskisehir page.

Eat peaches, beyaz (a feta-like cheese), a simit (a pastry). Drink some tea and raki (without the dot on the 'i', similar to arak).

This is a pretty well written spam. It's amazing how good they've gotten.

Where are the ullahs? Last time I was over there things were pretty tough. Not a good idea to drink alcohol in public and please avoid at all costs to say anything about Christianity. I remember there used to be a big Christian community but now all are Cryptochristians (like those remaining in Pontos). Best of luck!

Gregorio -

Don't drink alcohol in public? What are you talking about?

Every single restaurant we went to in Istanbul and Antalya had a majority of customers drinking wine or, more likely, 100 proof raki. We never ate at a full service restaurant that didn't have a full menu of liquor, wine, and beer.

Raki is available 24 hours a day at the local versions of 7-11.

One of the funniest things we saw was these two two drunk guys weaving down Istiklal Caddesi in the Beyoglu district, dancing and singing in front of tee shirt shop whose window display featured a tee shirt with the slogan, "RAKI IS THE ANSWER, BUT I FORGOT THE QUESTION." (I managed to get a picture of that.)

I've read there are some more conservative parts of Turkey where alcohol is uncommon, but Istanbul is not one of them.

We didn't stop in Eskisehir - just changed trains on the way from Ankara to Istanbul http://wanderingdanny.com/turkey/42-ankara-istanbul-train.html - but I second the recommendation for fresh nuts - the walnuts we had in Selcuk were by far the best I've ever eaten.

This shows which they last very much lengthier and thus saving you income which could otherwise are actually utilized to purchase new ones.ase

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