Our exploration of the Asian side of Istanbul was a memorable experience. Merve met us and off we went across the water to the Asian side. We went to places where almost everyone you saw was not a tourist. We enjoyed panoramic vistas, all sorts of tasty treats, and most of all enjoyed an evening going to the places that locals frequent. The views, the tastes, the experience of seeing where locals go, riding the ferries, all combined to create a magical evening. Merve is charming, bright, intelligent, and made us feel like we were long-time friends.