We have just returned from a wonderful 4 days in Istanbul. Weather was great, historical sights were well worth the trip, the restaurants did not disappoint with one better then the next. However our only problem was with the taxi drivers. After the second day we decided to use only the trams, buses and the metro. Both taxi drivers behaved in a very similar manner, we asked for a well know tourist area, yes no problem, they then made a performance of turning on the meter and off we went. After about 10 minutes driving we realized that we were going over a bridge, which was not on the way, we pointed this out. The taxi came to an abrupt halt and suddenly the driver cannot speak a word of English! Out comes his mobile and he phones a friend, after we speak to the friend he manages to get us to our destination. Only by now the meter is showing 95TL which is more then it cost us to get to the airport. All in all stressful and something that should be improved on. On the other hand when we got the restaurant to get us a taxi back to our hotel, we explained to them what had happened. They spoke to the taxi, we got back no problem for 30TL.