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Rick Steve's is wrong about Dolmabahce Palace it's a three triangle site!

Hi all, I'm on my way home from 5 days in Istanbul and I personally have to say that my old edition of the book was wrong about Dolmabahce Palace.
It is certainly not a one triangle!!!!
I argue that it is a three triangle kinda place! And FYI, the pretty good audio guide is included.
Ok, since I've just spent a week in Instanbul we haggle down to a solid two triangles!

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3083 posts

Hey, Rob. Welcome to the forum. I haven't been to Turkey, but Rick Steves is never wrong. 🙃

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5159 posts

Whenever Rick describes a museum as "skippable," we know we're gonna love it.

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6484 posts

A RS guidebook is NOT a bible. You enjoyed something that he didn’t rave about. Life goes on.

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8187 posts

Rick and I have completely different opinions on what is worthy to see and what isn't. So much so, that I wouldn't take his word on much of what he recommends or disses.

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4395 posts

I find RS guides helpful and appreciate the ratings. But, I don't take them as "gospel" and I research other guides because I have found he does miss sites. Also, I look at all the ranked sites, because when he rates something as a single triangle, it is still something he considers worthy and like OP found, I might like it even more than he (or his writers) did. I guess, in summary, I use the RS rankings as a starting point.

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1894 posts

I agree... the Dolmabahce Palace is well worth a visit.
I love Turkey and hope to go back one day.

Posted by
8515 posts

This happens to us with the Michelin green guides. Sites they put on the bottom of their rankings are often where we spend the most time.

I'm sorry I missed it. I also think he's wrong about Bologna. I went there only because it's an hour from Milan. I like it better than Milan. And he's missing a bet by not mentioning Wilanow Palace in Warsaw, which is actually on the bus route through town that he recommends. It has the most spectacular Christmas light show (videos online). He doesn't say it's skippable. He doesn't even mention it. He doesn't like Heidelberg, but now I think I should probably see it.

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5159 posts

Anywhere But Here, we just got home from 4 full days (5 nights) in Bologna, and loved it. And there is still so much we didn't see!