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Old June 17th, 2014, 07:11 AM   #3
Filiberto Boncompagni
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You are welcome, Martin.

A warning about the weather: before leaving, I saw on the weather report that it was cooler than here but I was disappointed by the fact that the high humidity compensated for the lower temperature. In fact the heat index was much worst than here in Nicosia. If humid heat bothers you, wait at least for October.

As for the rest, I didn’t actually even try to buy a rug but I can confirm Jeff Sun’ s report in his Observations: Recent Trip to Istanbul: fewer carpet shops (I mean, serious shops, not the tourist trap variety) and a lot of too-good-looking Caucasian rugs.

Istanbul is gorgeous and astonishingly clean, though, the food is still excellent, people are polite and kind and the prices are quite cheap - with the Turkish Lira now at almost 1/3 of a Euro.
Regards,

Filiberto
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