Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city, is a rapidly growing metropolis divided by the Bosphorus Strait, extending to both the European and Asian sides of it; the city is the only metropolis in the world that is situated on two continents.
As if Istanbul’s geographical location doesn’t make it unique enough, it is also combines great culture & history with great nightlife: “The city’s overabundance of important historic buildings and exciting new art galleries and museums provides visitors with more than enough to see during the day…at night the place swings into high-velocity, mega-stylish action”, according to Lonely Planet’s assessment of the city earlier this year.
Mosques, palaces, bazaars, towers, boat tours of the Bosphorus…the list of what Istanbul has to offer is vast, and although it is a place abundant in history, it also looks forward to a modern future. Letsgoistanbul.com includes many sights & attractions and comments on the magical nature of the city: “In Istanbul you can feel Orient on your one side and Europe on the other side or a wonderful mix of different cultures all around you. Enjoy the harmony of cultures, enjoy the harmony of people & enjoy the rhythm of diversities in Istanbul. Historical landmarks of the city are in harmony with the wonderful Turquoise blues of Bosphorus, which creates an unbeaten landscape. Istanbul is the only city in the world where you can enjoy your meal with the landscape of another continent.”
Being the cultural, economic, and financial center of Turkey, there are many sights to see, food to eat, and places to go in Istanbul. The Guardian’s “Istanbul City Guide” lists “10 of the Best Sights in Istanbul” here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2011/sep/14/10-best-sights-istanbul-city-guide
Travel & Leisure Magazine has just named the Grand Bazar in Istanbul one of the “World’s Ten Top Tourist Draws”. “It’s a covered market that goes on forever and ever, built in the 15th century. It looks like something out of ‘One Thousand and One Arabian Nights’ come to life. You don’t want to miss it, if you ever have a chance”, according to the article.
The New York Times just featured an article just on the amazing food Istanbul has to offer, stating that “Visitors to Istanbul can find it bewildering to decide where to eat…[this article] passes along the names of five spots sure to please epicurean newcomers”:
1) Asmali Cavit
2) Agatha, Pera Palace Hotel
4) Sehzade Erzurum Cag Kebabi
5) Akdeniz Hatay Sofrasi
For more information on these eating locales, including their address, price range, and phone number, please visit the article at:
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