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How can we get the most out of Kurban Bayrami and Republic Day?

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We made our travel plans for Turkey without being aware that Kurban Bayrami falls while we are there. This year the dates are October 24 through 28, and Republic Day falls on October 29.

I have read about how these holidays will affect travel -- business and shop closures, the likelihood of slaughtered sheep hanging in Sultanahmet, potentially empty ATMs -- so I'm not writing to ask that. But, I am writing to ask how we might use these holidays as an opportunity to do something "special" that we might not have been able to do during "normal" periods.

We are traveling to Cappadocia on October 23, so will be there for the first day of Kurban Bayrami, and then traveling to Istanbul on October 27, so will be there for the end of Kurban Bayrami and Republic Day. We have rented an apartment in Beyoglu for this time.

Since we can't change our travel dates, or the holiday dates, any suggestions on what we should try to see and/or do to best use this to our advantage? We always try to "live like a local" as much as we can when we travel (thus the apartment instead of a hotel) and this seems like an ideal opportunity for that.

Thanks very much.

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