While I’ve traveled widely in the United States, Canada, and Europe, I’ve only just stepped into Asia:
Istanbul is a city with a mood:
(Photographer: Moise Nicun)
The decorative tiles are stunning:
(Photographer: Georges Jansoone)
Salep is something to savor.
And if you’re like me and have got a sweet tooth, you’ll not be disappointed:
(Photographer: elif ayse)
Visit the Grand Bazaar:
And the Spice Bazaar:
And by all means haggle. I’m not particularly comfortable doing so, but it is expected and somewhat of a game. Any misgivings you have should disappear if you realize not doing so will mean paying considerably more than what’s expected.
Turkish hospitality if not famous should be.
Visiting the city made me want to explore other parts of the country as well. Top on the list would be Cappadocia, Smyrna, and Ephesus.
Since our visit I’ve read two books by Orhan Pamuk, both of which I liked, but Snow especially. I found Mango’s book on Ataturk to be a great read. Clot’s book on Suleiman the Magnificent and Crowley’s Constantinople: The Last Great Siege are both excellent.