CNNGo TV in Istanbul
By bridge and by boat, we spent the better part of five days criss-crossing Istanbul -- from Europe to Asia, and back again.
When it was all said and done, we'd filmed more then eight hours of material in at least a dozen different locations.
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Singers, comedians, chefs and Mosques
Selim Siyami Sümer, lead singer of the band Multitap, welcomed us to the Asmalı Mescit district or 'Tünel' area. Especially noteworthy is the historic and recently rennovated Pera Palace Hotel, where following the crowd on any given night is a favorite activity.
Actors/comedians Koray Tarhan and Zeynep Özyurt Tarhan, from Istanbul Improv, walked us through the Üsküdar Bazaar, a ferry ride to the Asian side of Istanbul.
For those in town looking for some Turkish comedy, there's Koray and Zeynep's improv act in a hidden theater high above Beyoglu.
The talented young chef Volkan Çengel met us in the Ortaköy, a quaint neighborhood with cafes and shops on the European side of the Bosphorus Bridge.
We also caught up with the popular singer Zara at Mihrabat Grove which is across the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge on the Asia side of the city.
Lastly we visited one of the most sacred sites in the Islamic world, the Eyüp Sultan Mosque. This is where we met Whirling Dervish Abdurrahman Tevruz.