AKBIL and the public transportation system:
Take the metro to the tram up to the top of Taksim square so you can walk down Tarlabasi Street. Believe me, down is the operative term.
Grab a ferry to head over to Kadikoy on the Asia side for lunch at Ciya and to check out a different side of Istabul. The meal alone is worth it (see below). The ferry leaves from the main ferry landing strip In Sultanahmet near the Galata bridge.
It’s a liquidy and salty yogurt drink. I thought I’d hate it but actually loved it especially in tandem with a lot of the meat dishes. Sometimes it’s even served in bowls with ladles so you can slurp away. Give it a shot.
Go ahead and do it, get pummeled into submission in a super heated octagonal room/platform. I went to Cagaloglu Hamami and was really pleased with the outcome.
Cooking a La Turka - www.cookingalaturka.com