If there is one thing that best reflects the spirit of Istanbul that is the Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s liveliest markets. You can loose yourself for hours in this maze of stores, booths, workshops, and storehouses, along with cafés, restaurants and exchange offices. There is even a mosque, a police station and a post office in the Grand Bazaar, so one could righteously considered it “a city within a city.” Continue Reading
If you never visited Istanbul you missed one of the world’s most culturally significant cities. But it’s not too late to add this dream destination to your list. Where should you start? Read these tips for visiting Istanbul and get ready to immerse yourself in its layers of history, culture and scents.
How would I describe Istanbul? Huge, Crowded, majestic and unique.
Huge, because the city boundaries cover almost 2,000 square kilometers, while the metropolitan region, or the Province of Istanbul, covers 6,220 square kilometers.
Crowded, because everywhere you go in Istanbul you walk almost shoulder to shoulder with thousands of other people.
Majestic, because the former capital of three empires –Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman– displays some of the most magnificent churches, palaces and mosques that ever existed.
Unique, because the city of two continents is also a city of many worlds, a vibrant mix of old and new where the spirit lifting calls to prayer mix with the hustle and bustle of the bars and restaurants. Continue Reading