Orbite aside, you guys are making Istanbul sound like a dump. Are you serious?
Istanbul is one of the most tourististic cities on planet earth. I've travelled a lot in my time, haven't been to Turkey yet but Istanbul is definately my list to visit especially since its the hub between Europe and the middle east. I was supposed to go last year, but had to cancel. It's got an extremely low crime rate(like most of the middle east) in comparison to most large cities, and the turkish economy is growing very rapidly in recent years.