I have been to every neighborhood mentioned in this article
With the exception of the one drink shop that is described, I literally walked everywhere this guy walked in the whole article. When he describes the neighborhoods, the sights, the smells, I can recall every one of them. Istanbul is a fascinating place on so many levels. The art and architecture is amazing. The food is superb. They hotels are beautiful. The music is some of the best you will ever hear. I just wish I had not encountered people trying to rip me off and cheat me all day every day. It got exhausting.That really brought the experience down.