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Aurore et Didier
from Strasbourg
Signed on: Thu 01 Mar 2012 02:14:24 GMT-3
Bonjour, 
 
back in Strasbourg....Thanks for your hospitality, which made our stay a wonderful one!! 
 
You'll get contacts from our relatives, I'm sure... 
 
See you!! 
 
Aurore et Didier
McKennaSigned on: Mon 10 Oct 2011 17:35:26 GMT-3
Dear Gonul, 
 
Thank you for your kind reply. I did not have the opportunity to tell you how much I appreciated your kindness during my stay. 
 
When you are sick and far from home, it is a very sad experience. You feel alone and defenseless. Every act of kindness is multiplied in its impact. 
 
You showed such concern and kindly prepared me tea and gently talked to me. You may think it was nothing, but sometimes a simple cup of tea contains strong healing. 
 
So thank you very much. I wish you a long and joyful life and hope to greet you again one day in your beautiful country. 
 
McKenna 
 
 
Anna e Andrea
from Italy
Signed on: Mon 10 Oct 2011 17:34:49 GMT-3
Thanks again a lot for all.. Your bedrooms are always great, your breakfast too.. and all of you make us feel at home every time.. 
Cannot wait to see you asap! 
A VERY BIG embrace 
 
Anna e Andrea
anna.bottecchia@gmail.com
Jamie Goldstein
from USA
Signed on: Fri 09 Sep 2011 14:42:14 GMT-3
I just wanted to tell you what a lovely stay we had with you this past week. We also wanted you to know how wonderful Josef was and how helpful and sweet we found him to be. 
Thanks for everything! 
Jamie
Julie Macholz
from USA
Signed on: Sat 16 Jul 2011 15:37:39 GMT-3
Woke up early and was so happy to be here İ couldn't go back to sleep. 
 
Yesterday was magical. Our sweet simple clean hotel is so pleasant and the neighborhood is charming and fun to explore. Boutique hotels made from ancient renovated houses. But also dilapidated houses from which older people emerge wearing the exact style of village clothes İ remember from 35 years ago, and men drinking ?ay from tiny low stools and tables on what little sidewalks there are. Small grey cubes of cobblestone streets. We bought a huge loaf of fresh bread, two 1.5 liter bottles of water, sweet crackers, a large bottle of Uludağ soda, a coke and some candy in the tiny non-tourist store next door for barely more than the price of one ice cream from the charming but rip-off ice cream vendors surrounding the Aya Sophia. 
 
Our hotel hosts put out a beautiful spread of traditional Turkish breakfast. We kept eating and eating! So pleased the girls adapted to a non-sugar and cardboard way of starting the day. Delicious beyaz peynir (mild feta), fresh assorted breads and simit (like a cross between a sesame bagel and a soft pretzel with more flavor), tomatoes, cucumbers, a mild yellow cheese, olives, deliciously tangy yogurt, dried fruit (especially apricots!) and more. 
 
Loved every leisurely minute of exploring the Aya Sophia. İt is so much more beautiful inside than it was when İ was a kid. So much more of the beautiful mosaic tile of the original Christian church has been revealed from under the plaster. And where the plaster remains, it has been restored with paint in lovely color. The ancient cracked and worn down marble floors gleam. Disappointed in the CFL bulbs in the chandeliers, though. İt was lovely to sit in the garden afterward surrounded by beautiful trees and ancient corinthian columns, eating Ben and Jerry's ice cream. 
 
We left the girls in the room with above mentioned groceries, and John and İ headed back toward the water for İskender Kebab, an oval plate layered with pide, thin layers of grilled lamb, hearty tomatoe sauce and melted butter with one end of the plate loaded with yogurt for dipping. Americans should dip their meet in yogurt more often. İt's delicious! 
 
Really enjoying the way Turkish words for things are flooding back into my conscious brain. Turks are usually delighted when a foreigner makes an effort to speak their language. Their polite encouragemant and corrections make it all the more fun. İ was especially pleased to speak only Turkish in an electric shop and emerge successfully with three plug adapters for our various computing gadgets. 
 
Sara was sound asleep when we got back, so Seddon and İ took off to see the Basilica Cistern, something John and I had not done on previous trips. Delightful! Ancient huge underground water storage supported by lots of beautifully lit columns. Walking around on platforms listening to classical music, enjoying the fish in the water and marveling at ancient Roman architecture. Two Medusa heads placed at strange angles as part of the bottom of two of the columns. Met John and Sara at the fountain. Told them they really needed to see it. The museum let Seddon and me back in to see it all over again with them! 
 
Across the Galata bridge and through the fish market for a pleasant outdoor fish dinner right at the water's edge. No foreigners in sight. Lots of stray cats and a chicken, though. We took the Metro (giving in to Sara's aversion to walking) almost all the way to the bridge when it reversed course on us. We decided to turn that into a free mini tour. Went way past the University and far from tourist land before bailing crossing the tracks and finally heading to dinner after all. Very fun. Some poor guy on the bus became obsessed with the girls and couldn't stop staring and inching closer. Creepy but funny. 
 
Stopped at the same place for baklava and this time enjoyed it with hot chocolate and Turkish coffee in the lovely room upstairs overlooking the busy street and the busy waterway below. Seddon enjoyed the marriage proposal from the guy demonstrating an old fashioned weaving loom in the window of a shop on the way home. Well, he didn't actually propose. He just made a big deal about meeting his future in laws. Cute. Many of the people who work to get the tourist dollars are very clever and pleasant. You find yourself laughing and smiling between all the no thank you's and maybe tomorrows. 
 
Time for another delicious breakfast! 
Drora
from Jerusalem
Signed on: Thu 14 Jul 2011 13:35:58 GMT-3
Dear team, 
 
We want to thank you for hospitality, thanks to you we had great time in Istanbul. 
 
You are running beautiful place with beautiful people. 
 
 
 
Shalom to all of you. 
 
Drora 
 
Betker Shihuda 
Jerusalem 
Mathieu et Karine
from France
Signed on: Sat 04 Jun 2011 19:24:33 GMT-3
Bonjour ? tous. 
 
Tout juste rentr?s ? la maison, apr?s 5 nuits pass?es dans votre h?tel, nous tenions encore ? tous vous remercier pour l'accueil qui nous a ?t? reserv?. Tout a ?t? parfait et nous avons visit? cette merveilleuse ville d'Istanbul dans les meilleures conditions possibles. Nous ne manquerons pas de recommander votre ?tablissement et ferons sans aucun doute appel ? vous pour un ?ventuel autre s?jour ? Istanbul. 
Merci encore . 
Amicalement 
Mathieu et Karine
mathieubec@free.fr
Olivier AdelenSigned on: Mon 18 Apr 2011 22:28:26 GMT-3
Dear Staff of Ahmet Efendi Evi 
 
Thanks a lot for your kindness and Hospitality 
we hope to come again in Istanbul soon, a very beautifull city... 
Very best regards from ferdinand, gwenaelle, olivier, jean, anne, claude and jeanine... 
G?le G?le 
Olivier Adelen
Ingrid Groenewegen
from Netherland
Signed on: Sun 17 Apr 2011 19:07:59 GMT-3
Dear All, 
 
we would like to thank you for your hospitalitty. 
We had a great time in Istanbul. 
We will recommend your hotel to our friends! 
Many greetings Jenny en Ingrid
noura
from saudi
Signed on: Sat 02 Apr 2011 14:43:55 GMT-3
Dear Mehdi, Youssef, rehan 
You have made our visit a wonderful visit to Istanbul, the hotel has a warm house to us, 
You are very responsive to us in any questions and you provide all the proposals we both thank you for the beautiful deep . 
 
We have beautiful pictures of the hotel we would like you to have a copy of which 
Greetings deep 
Nora, Abdulaziz
Andrew Chirhart
from USA
Signed on: Sun 27 Mar 2011 21:23:50 GMT-3
Dear Mehdi and Reyhan, 
 
I would like to thank you for making our stay in Istanbul from March 3 to March 6 a very pleasant and enjoyable one. You were very helpful in answering our questions and giving us suggestions for things to do. We loved our room and breakfast was delicious as well. I would also like to inform you that my friend John is back in Florence and is doing much better now. I thank you for your understanding and help with our situation and it was very gracious of you to allow me to continue to use the room well past check out time. If or when I return to Istanbul I would love to stay in you hotel again, and I will certainly recommend Ahmet Efendi Evi to any friends or family I have that are traveling to Istanbul.  
 
Also, I have still been trying to contact Yusef in order to thank him for all of his incredible help. I have his e-mail address but have sent him messages and have not heard back. Is there any way that I could have his address to send him a note, or is there any other way that I could contact him? We owe him so much for going with us to the hospitals and would like to stay in contact with him. 
 
Thank you again for helping to make our experience in Istanbul the best possible. You are very kind and I hope to see you again in the future. 
 
Sincerely, 
Andrew Chirhart
Csilla and Gabor
from Budapest, Hungary
Signed on: Sun 13 Mar 2011 22:42:53 GMT-3
Dear all, 
 
we had a safe journey back home with a lot of nice memory, photos and adventures. We have to say that - mainly facing the cruel weather conditions - without your kindness and helpfull cooperation during our stay in Istanbul would not be the same . We are gratefull for your kindness and both feel lucky to find you there - I can say the most friendly hotel, and best possible circumstances in there. We will certainly recommend you to all, whose planning a trip to Istanbul in the furure. 
 
All the bests, 
 
Csilla and Gabor 
Rak Express Travel S
from 21, Av Mohamed V - 2eme Etage Gueliz - Marrakech
Signed on: Sat 26 Feb 2011 14:51:26 GMT-3
Dear Mahdi, 
I Am just writing to thank you for your hospitality during our visit. Your hotel is truly a first class accommodation and services. 
Thank you again for your hospitality 
Best Regards, 
Mo. Khnichich
Melih
from Ankara, T?rkiye
Signed on: Thu 17 Feb 2011 22:13:16 GMT-3
Sicak, samimi, kaliteli ve cok basarili dizayn edilmis sahane mekan. 
Keryn
from Australia
Signed on: Wed 09 Feb 2011 02:14:09 GMT-3
Hi Reyhan, 
It seems like forever since we stayed with you! Happy New Year! I am home in Australia now and back with my boys. Life is busy again and the holiday is a distant memory. I hope you enjoyed the olives!!! It was so lovely to stay at Ahmet Efendi Evi, and I hope to do so again one day. Your hospitality made us feel at home. 
Take care 
Kind regards 
Keryn
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