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I have studied English literature, cultural studies and am now writing my thesis in cultural analysis. I have lived abroad for about 6 years, Netherlands and Germany. Now, in Istanbul I teach English.
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A very cosy place at a perfect location on the Asian side of Istanbul. Comes with a beautiful view from the appartmentwide balcony. Comfortable and welcoming, thanks in no small part to Çiğdem, who is a wonderfully attentive and thoughtfull host. Very much recommended.
Pro tip: some taxi drivers will insist that her address does not exist. In that case you insist they look it up on their sat nav or phone and things will work out just swimmingly.
We had a lovely time at Cigdem's place. She made sure we had all the information we needed at our arrival. He flat is full of charm, especially the living space with lots of light and view on a terrace. We would go back again if the flat is available.
very relaxing stay in a quiet area of the city. Perfect for those who enjoy exploring the city on foot and want to see how the locals live...
Spring in Istanbul is a beautiful time.
Everything woke up, feeling fresh and you’re sure that something good would come unavoidably at your life.
Cigdem’s flat is nice and calm.
First of all because of owner energetics and location.
Don’t expect to see any tourist viewpoints here, only in 20-30 min drive from Cigdem’s place.
But you can dive into authentic Turkish life in good safe area on Asian side of Istanbul at once.
Do not afraid to lose your way, people here are open and ready to help you, even if they don’t know English.
You just need to be prepared for travel – map, written address (Cigdem prepared those things with care:) ) and your way would get shorter.
If you want to be far from noisy and crowdy streets that's a very nice and really peaceful place to stay. You will need about an hour to get main historical locations on European side of the city, but a good thing is that everything is much more cheaper, colorful and natural on this part.
Many thanks for Cigdem, the flat was clean and very comfortable.
If you are looking for affordable, silent and peaceful place to stay in Istanbul and do not bother yourself about the location apart from city center buzz, look no further!
Cigdem's flat was just what we wanted, clean, comfortable and convenient.
Owner was really pleasant, so we had no troubles in having a chance to stay there for extra half day.
Definitively recommend to anyone!
We really had a peaceful stay at Cigdem's home. When we arrived we had a really nice chat with her. She is very friendly and interesting person. Her home and kitchen is well equipped so we had an easy stay and cooked some meals there. One great feature we enjoyed very much was feeding the cats outside on the terrance. Thank you, Cigdem!
The home is located in a quite normal and very non-touristic area - so don't excpect any englishspeaking people arround. supermarkets and bakerys are only a few minutes away. But you may not excepts to find any bars and nightlife around. If you are familiar with the local bus lines you can get to Üsküdar and Kardiköy in about 15-30 min. In the same time you can get to the european side to Taksim.
Çiğdem is an extraordinary person and her flat is a perfect reflection of her personality. It is a home with its own soul and atmosphere. It is all about details - curtains, bedclothes, vases, pictures - all those minor things that please your eye make you feel at home. Çiğdem is a great host. She took care of me while I was sick treating me to honey and spicy tea. We are friends now, and I am really thankful that Airbnb provided me with an opportunity to meet her.
What a lovely flat this was, nice and tranquil. The perfect base to discover Istanbul. Cigdem provided us all the information we possibly needed. In the morning I did some yoga on Cigdem's yoga mat. She is like they say about turkish people very welcoming and giving. Have a good time ;)!
Cigdem's flat was a wonderful stay. The house was in a very non-touristy part of Istanbul, and we were greeted warmly by everyone we met. Cigdem's house was very well equipped and she was a great host.
Cigdem is a wonderful person to be around. Very peacefecul but also lots of fun. her interests vary from literature to yoga, from teaching to tarot reading. from body therapy to cooking...! When you are confused and need to talk she is the perfect person to have around. The good news is she is equally fun plus a good dancer :)))!