I'm a fan of Anthony Bourdain's TV shows and the two times he's been to Istanbul he was driven and shown around by the tirelessly cheerful and voluble taxi driver/entertainer Issam (Ihsan ? Isham ? can't figure out what his name actually is).

This fine gentleman

Where and how can I meet this fine gentleman ? Was his appearance only for the show or can anyone be driven and guided through Istanbul like that ?

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    I'm glad you're not trying to avoid the world's most jovial driver
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Sep 27, 2016 at 15:11

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His name is Ihsan Aknur, and maybe he'll be your friend, too, if you message him on Facebook.

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    Good find ! Please expand more :)
    – blackbird
    Commented Sep 27, 2016 at 15:15
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    @blackbird I couldn't resist... google Anthony Bourdain Turkey and, bingo. I'm a Bourdain fan.
    – Giorgio
    Commented Sep 27, 2016 at 15:18
  • I'd love to accept this answer, can you add more detail ? Can anyone arrange to be driven and shown around ?
    – blackbird
    Commented Sep 29, 2016 at 14:51
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    @blackbird I would think so, although I don't have direct experience with Ihsan. Film crews do it all the time; you see it with Bourdain, hiring locals for location shoots. Too cool should you engage him. I looked at his FB page and 26 minutes ago he posted (I fixed spelling, punctuation): "I'm so busy, no time internet and I'm working very hard [my car] .My webpage need built again and this time I will make myself. Tomorrow I will speak conference Hugo Boss and I'm really excited."
    – Giorgio
    Commented Sep 29, 2016 at 15:03
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    @blackbird I'll message him and ask how one would engage his services; stay tuned.
    – Giorgio
    Commented Sep 29, 2016 at 15:56

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