Fodor's Turkey, 7th Edition Paperback – Aug 4 2009
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The contents clearly reveal a book covering every aspect of Turkey from Antioch to Zelve. Each section highlighted in the book provides a general welcome and gives you the top reasons to go along with enabling you to get oriented. A general planner is also available letting you know when to go, how much time do you need, touring opportunities, healthy cuisine (including local specialties) and getting there and around. Any seasoned traveler will be pleased to read sections on where to eat, where to stay, nightlife and the arts, shopping and side trips. All the major regions of the Turkey are covered in full, including Istanbul, the Sea of Marmara and the North Aegean, the Central and Southern Aegean Coast, the Turquoise Riviera and Central Anatolia.
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It hardly mentions the absolutely glorious Mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent, doesn't even put it on the list of things to see.
There is absolutely NO mention of the wonderful area called Ortakoy - under the Bosporus Bridge, by the ferry stops, which is a popular hub for night life, chock-full of pubs, seafood restaurants and a place where Turks AND tourists flock to each night. The scant maps of Istanbul don't even show it, as it is a little bit outside the Historic Center of the City (but within walking distance of the Dolmabace Palace).
None of the four-star hotels that I stayed in all over Turkey were even listed in any of their hotel lists, so obviously they only put hotels into the book that PAY to be included....
The book's coverage of the Grand Bazaar was acceptable, but every guidebook covers it in depth.
I'm guessing that FODOR's just took the old version of their guidebook and reprinted for the 2009 printing.
The DK Eyewitness Guide (which, thank Goodness, I also had with me) is FAR FAR SUPERIOR - and more readable. I chucked the FODORs in the hotel garbage at the end of my trip.