January 04, 2011

Guidebook looking to provide definitive take on Istanbul

<<A comprehensive guide book on Istanbul by British editor Pat Yale and professional Turkish tour guide Saffet Emre Tonguç looks to provide a different take on the city from other resource books by focusing on locations less well-known by visitors. 'Istanbul: The Ultimate Guide,’ which has won international awards, is available in English and Turkish.

Seeking to move beyond a clichéd guide to Istanbul that starts and ends at the Haghia Sophia, the authors of a new book on the city hope to provide a comprehensive – and critical – look at the metropolis.

“The historical peninsula is very important but it is a very small part of Istanbul,” Saffet Emre Tonguç, who has been working as a professional tour guide for 23 years, recently told Anatolia news agency. “We present the city in a frame from Büyükçekmece, Silivri and Çatalca [on the European side] to Gebze, Darıca and Eskihisar [on the Anatolian side].”>>


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