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Top 10 Istanbul by Melissa Shales

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Things to Avoid

1. Drugs

Turkey is used as a staging post by traffickers from Afghanistan and Iran, and street drugs, though not a major part of the local culture, are available to those who want them. Penalties for trafficking or possession are extremely harsh. Never agree to carry things home for other people – Turks or fellow travellers.

2. Fakes

There is a thriving industry creating fakes, from carpets and Roman coins to Rolex watches and Gucci bags. If you are happy to have a fake and it is sold as such, that’s fine. But if you are spending serious money, be sure to do so at a reputable outlet and that your purchase comes with full provenance.

3. Unscrupulous Cab Drivers

Most cab drivers are fine, but some, particularly in the old city, charge ...

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