It's obviously presumptuous for a person who was only in the country for a few days, and only Istanbul at that (and in fact mainly in the tourist-oriented area of Sultanhamet), to comment on Turkey. So these are strictly personal observations, obviously derived only from a limited tourist experience.
|Outside the Palace|
On the other hand, the excellent Archeological Museums complex was almost deserted when I visited it, and there weren't too many people at the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts.
At Hagia Sophia and the palace, there were long queues for admission tickets at mid-morning which is when we, along with many others, tended to arrive. However, my research had turned up that there is a "Museum Card", providing for admission to certain museums (including Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Chora, the Museum of Islamic Arts and the Archeological Museum). Not only was the queue for the card much shorter, it provided us with an incentive both to get out to Chora (which we were glad to do) and visit the Harem section of the Palace (which is otherwise an additional cost). And we came out ahead financially, too.
|An interesting restaurant - the cooking takes place on the boat|
More generally, I had been led to believe that there would be quite a lot of hassling of tourists. Yes, it's true that as you walk past restaurants in the tourist area, you'll be offered menus, but usually all it takes is a polite shake of the head, keeping your eyes down, and mostly you'll be left alone. The same applies to street vendors. We were slightly more assertively approached on a only small number of occasions, but perhaps only once or twice did we feel "hassled".
So far as dressing in the street, at least in the city area, there are no real constraints. Likewise, beer and alcohol generally seems to be readily available, at least in the areas frequented by tourists, both in restaurants and in shops (to take away). I acknowledge, however, that this might not apply in other areas.
|The trams are modern|
We took the tram to the terminus at Kabatas, but weren't swept off our feet by the scenery there! There is a funicular here to Taksim Square, but we didn't venture on this!