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You guys, this is the largest city in Europe! At freaking 459 square miles, Istanbul is home to over 14 million people. Let that sink in. Adorable San Francisco is a precious lil' 7 x 7 town of about 900,000. Awwww. I know I told you a couple of years ago that Bucharest was the "Paris of the East". Buddapest claimed the same title. I was team Budapest-for-Paris at the time. Now, here I am even further east and I'm led to believe ...
Today was my last complete day in Istanbul. The Turkey trip is coming to an end, and all things considered its been a most wonderful trip. So, someone asked me today what has been the best thing in Turkey. I said, the people. Truly, the people have been the best part of the experience. By and large, they have been extremely friendly and helpful. I know many people report bad experiences, especially solo women travelers, but I can't say I have had any. In fact, I am struggling to ...
... But I didn’t. I took a photo instead.
After the harrowing bus experience, the market seemed quiet and we spent a happy couple of hours looking around the stalls. We bought a few presents for Lily’s sisters back home and had lunch on the balcony of a café overlooking the narrow lanes of Ortakoy. Ortakoy is one of the more affluent areas in Istanbul and it had the same cosmopolitan, European feel as Karakoy from the previous night.
... to Islam, perhaps to avoid the tax. The Ottomans stayed in control until after World War I. In 1923 the Republic of Turkey was formed with Ataturk its first president. Constantinople's name was changed to Istanbul, derived from the Greek phrase for "to the city".
This rich heritage is evident all over the city -- at least in the old district where we were staying. We visited the Topkapi, the palace of the Ottoman sultans. This was the site ...
... t know. The traffic is insane, that's probably the only word to describe it. The road layout in the old town seems to be roughly based on a bowl of spaghetti, and yet people drive around there in trucks and busses like they're qualifying for an F1 GP. The stray animals are everywhere. Cats and dogs roam the streets in every corner and every area. The locals don't give them a second glance. The night shift worker at our hotel, Murat, told me ...