Going back to Istanbul and Izmir Turkey

dbeckomdbeckom Cedartown GAPosts: 2,058 ✭✭✭✭
I am currently preparing for my a 2-3 month trip to Turkey. I will have a week in a resort in Izmir and the rest of the time will be spent in Istanbul. I plan to visit one Meerschaum pipe shop in Izmir next week while I’m there...that has me excited! I need to find a replacement for my 80+ year old Meerschaum that cracked 2 weeks ago. I am not much into the intricately carved pipes...I prefer traditional shapes. 

One thing that I find odd about Turkey is that even though there are many pipe shops, it is almost impossible to find any pipe tobacco! And the only cigars to be found are Cubans

"Any cigar smoker is friend, because I know how he feels." Alfred de Musset

 "A fine cigar is just like a woman. If you don't light it up just right and suck on it with a certain frequency, it will go out on you." Unknown

“A pipe is to the troubled soul what caresses of a mother are for her suffering child.”  Indian Proverb
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  • dirtdudedirtdude AZPosts: 4,401 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Safe travels
    A little dirt never hurt
  • YaksterYakster La Zona State of Mind when I haven't forgotten the coffee filtersPosts: 6,267 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Enjoy your trip.
    I'll gladly bomb you Tuesday for an Opus today.

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  • TX98Z28TX98Z28 TexasPosts: 1,237 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Be safe! 
  • dbeckomdbeckom Cedartown GAPosts: 2,058 ✭✭✭✭
    Thanks all. I leave Tuesday evening. 

    I overlooked one of the most important things in preparation for the trip...my little Xikar 10 stick travel humidor is nowhere near as big as I need. I was planning to buy a 40ct one, but ran out of time. I will have to improvise, or just smoke Cubans for the majority of the trip 🤓

    "Any cigar smoker is friend, because I know how he feels." Alfred de Musset

     "A fine cigar is just like a woman. If you don't light it up just right and suck on it with a certain frequency, it will go out on you." Unknown

    “A pipe is to the troubled soul what caresses of a mother are for her suffering child.”  Indian Proverb
  • RhamlinRhamlin WVPosts: 6,530 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Safe travels brother 
  • Diver43Diver43 South FloridaPosts: 1,189 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Safe Travels.  Whats wrong with Cuban cigars?
    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • 0patience0patience Oregon CoastPosts: 7,701 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Good to see you posting @dbeckom

    There is no crisis that a good cigar can't cure.

    Money can't buy happiness, but it can buy cigars and that's close enough.

    Wylaff said:
    Atmospheric pressure and crap.
  • dbeckomdbeckom Cedartown GAPosts: 2,058 ✭✭✭✭
    @0patience, it’s good to be back! 

    @Diver43, there’s NOTHING wrong with Cuban cigars except the price...I just prefer my Nicaraguan & Dominican cigars

    "Any cigar smoker is friend, because I know how he feels." Alfred de Musset

     "A fine cigar is just like a woman. If you don't light it up just right and suck on it with a certain frequency, it will go out on you." Unknown

    “A pipe is to the troubled soul what caresses of a mother are for her suffering child.”  Indian Proverb
  • 90+_Irishman90+_Irishman Loveland, COPosts: 12,283 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Safe travels and be well Dwayne ;)
    "When walking in open territory bother no one. If someone bothers you, ask them to stop. If they do not stop, destroy them."
  • 84CJ784CJ7 Augusta, GAPosts: 232 ✭✭✭
    dbeckom said:
     I need to find a replacement for my 80+ year old Meerschaum that cracked 2 weeks ago. I am not much into the intricately carved pipes...I prefer traditional shapes. 

    Safe travels man! 

    If you happen to pick up an extra meerschaum I'll buy it off of you.
    I like the same style as you

    Mark
  • Captain_CallCaptain_Call Cambridge NebraskaPosts: 1,205 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I keep telling myself I will get a meer but I always find a briar I absolutely must have first and then when the funds come back around, the meer I picked out was gone. I don't think I'll get a face though. The eyes and mouths on them creep me out a bit
  • dbeckomdbeckom Cedartown GAPosts: 2,058 ✭✭✭✭
    I arrived in Istanbul safely after a long delay and an even longer flight. Tomorrow I will rest! My back is killing me 😩

    "Any cigar smoker is friend, because I know how he feels." Alfred de Musset

     "A fine cigar is just like a woman. If you don't light it up just right and suck on it with a certain frequency, it will go out on you." Unknown

    “A pipe is to the troubled soul what caresses of a mother are for her suffering child.”  Indian Proverb
  • Dark_RoastDark_Roast St. John IndianaPosts: 1,027 ✭✭✭
    Have a great time. 
  • dbeckomdbeckom Cedartown GAPosts: 2,058 ✭✭✭✭
    Made it to the resort yesterday evening and got settled in. I was hurting too bad to get out and explore, so I stayed around the room until this morning. I will post pictures later

    "Any cigar smoker is friend, because I know how he feels." Alfred de Musset

     "A fine cigar is just like a woman. If you don't light it up just right and suck on it with a certain frequency, it will go out on you." Unknown

    “A pipe is to the troubled soul what caresses of a mother are for her suffering child.”  Indian Proverb
  • peter4jcpeter4jc Milwaukee, WIPosts: 5,000 ✭✭✭✭✭
    "I could've had a Mi Querida!"   Nick Bardis
  • ForMudForMud Aka; Quickdraw, Clayton, DelawarePosts: 799 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Be careful over there......I just watched Midnight Express the other day.  :*

    I bet the dollar is going pretty far right now with all that's going on there right now?
  • dbeckomdbeckom Cedartown GAPosts: 2,058 ✭✭✭✭
    ForMud said:
    Be careful over there......I just watched Midnight Express the other day.  :*

    I bet the dollar is going pretty far right now with all that's going on there right now?
    @ForMud yes the dollar is going a LONG way here now. Everything is cheaper here anyway, and now I have even more to spend after converting my money

    "Any cigar smoker is friend, because I know how he feels." Alfred de Musset

     "A fine cigar is just like a woman. If you don't light it up just right and suck on it with a certain frequency, it will go out on you." Unknown

    “A pipe is to the troubled soul what caresses of a mother are for her suffering child.”  Indian Proverb
  • BlueB3BlueB3 Posts: 119 ✭✭✭
    For a quick travel humidor, stop at harbor freight.  They have cheaper, rugged, hard cases with built in pressure relief valves. I took one to Cuba in May, and it worked great, held ~50 cigars with some of the pick/pull foam still in it, and was ~$30.
  • dbeckomdbeckom Cedartown GAPosts: 2,058 ✭✭✭✭
    We made it back to Istanbul. Had a great time and got to see most of the resort despite the fact that I cut my foot on a rock the second day there. 

    I didn’t have access to the forum for most of the stay at the resort. For some reason, all Turkish internet providers block access to cigar.com, and I ran out of data on my international package. I will post pictures as soon as I can



    "Any cigar smoker is friend, because I know how he feels." Alfred de Musset

     "A fine cigar is just like a woman. If you don't light it up just right and suck on it with a certain frequency, it will go out on you." Unknown

    “A pipe is to the troubled soul what caresses of a mother are for her suffering child.”  Indian Proverb
  • 84CJ784CJ7 Augusta, GAPosts: 232 ✭✭✭
    @dbeckom did you ever get a meerschaum pipe over there?
  • 84CJ784CJ7 Augusta, GAPosts: 232 ✭✭✭
    edited September 1
    @dbeckom ;  

    That's a good GF you got there.  I've been doing the same and kicking myself when someone else buys it.  You & I have the same taste in meerschaums.  

    Hopefully you get to watch some carvers at work.

    I always wondered if there were any bargains buying direct.
  • dbeckomdbeckom Cedartown GAPosts: 2,058 ✭✭✭✭
    EVERYTHING is cheaper here in Turkey, plus the lira has lost value and the dollar now buys over 6 lira. 

    I will post some pictures when w visit stores and carvers

    "Any cigar smoker is friend, because I know how he feels." Alfred de Musset

     "A fine cigar is just like a woman. If you don't light it up just right and suck on it with a certain frequency, it will go out on you." Unknown

    “A pipe is to the troubled soul what caresses of a mother are for her suffering child.”  Indian Proverb
  • dbeckomdbeckom Cedartown GAPosts: 2,058 ✭✭✭✭
    I don’t know if I have mentioned it yet, but all of the B&M’s that I have visited here have a good selection of briar pipes, but very few (if any) Meerschaum pipes. I have got to see a lot of very nice briar pipes from Sahin pipes...a Turkish company that is gaining respect throughout the world for their quality pipes. 

    With all all of the pipes in B&M’s and all of the Meerschaum carvers around the country, there is almost NO pipe tobacco to be found. The only pipe tobacco that I have found was in the duty free shop in the airport. One B&M that I visited had 3 dried out “house” blends in huge plastic containers along the wall. The guy running the shop said “this is cigarette tobacco, but you can smoke in your pipe”. Ummm...no thanks! 

    "Any cigar smoker is friend, because I know how he feels." Alfred de Musset

     "A fine cigar is just like a woman. If you don't light it up just right and suck on it with a certain frequency, it will go out on you." Unknown

    “A pipe is to the troubled soul what caresses of a mother are for her suffering child.”  Indian Proverb
  • dbeckomdbeckom Cedartown GAPosts: 2,058 ✭✭✭✭
    I have ran out of cigars, and the limited selection of Cubans combined with the high prices on them has me sticking mainly with my pipe. This would normally not be much of an issue because I brought a vast selection of blends with me, but it’s ALWAYS windy in Istanbul...the normal day is 10-20mph, and it just goes higher from there. I have been creative in finding areas to smoke depending on the main direction of the wind, but there’s always the breeze that is deflected between the buildings to contend with. 

    I am hoping that I can get more cigars delivered from home. I have limited experience with international shipping. What is the best service to use? Any tips? 

    "Any cigar smoker is friend, because I know how he feels." Alfred de Musset

     "A fine cigar is just like a woman. If you don't light it up just right and suck on it with a certain frequency, it will go out on you." Unknown

    “A pipe is to the troubled soul what caresses of a mother are for her suffering child.”  Indian Proverb
  • dbeckomdbeckom Cedartown GAPosts: 2,058 ✭✭✭✭
    I will be flying back to the states on the 16th to take care. Of some family stuff, visit a couple of doctors and restock my cigars and pipe tobacco supply. I have been having my cigar orders delivered to my mothers house and having her take them to my place. I’m kinda excited to see it all together...I sort of got a il crazy on c.bid in the past couple of weeks 😳

    "Any cigar smoker is friend, because I know how he feels." Alfred de Musset

     "A fine cigar is just like a woman. If you don't light it up just right and suck on it with a certain frequency, it will go out on you." Unknown

    “A pipe is to the troubled soul what caresses of a mother are for her suffering child.”  Indian Proverb
  • dbeckomdbeckom Cedartown GAPosts: 2,058 ✭✭✭✭
    I have been asked to move to Istanbul and after lots of thinking I have decided to make the move. I have never lived more than 30 miles from where I was born, so this is a huge step for me. 

    "Any cigar smoker is friend, because I know how he feels." Alfred de Musset

     "A fine cigar is just like a woman. If you don't light it up just right and suck on it with a certain frequency, it will go out on you." Unknown

    “A pipe is to the troubled soul what caresses of a mother are for her suffering child.”  Indian Proverb
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