Istanbul in Photos–Images from the Best City in the World
January 8, 2013
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There are a lot of clichés out there about how Turkey is the country that spans Europe and Asia, but they are true in both the literal figurative sense. As the only city in the world to exist on two continents, Istanbul exemplifies this the most and has a personality to match it. While not the official capital of the country (that title files to the more central and much less interesting Ankara), Istanbul has an amazing range of activities and sights to offer. Between huge and intricately decorated mosques, ancient castles and underground cisterns, traditional markets and bazaars with unique shopping opportunities, and an impressive nightlife scene, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The food is excellent, the people are warm, and foreigners are made to feel welcome. Finding hotels in Istanbul is easy with the help of sites like  buy baclofen online, is there a generic drug for baclofen , get valtrex otc supplements without prescription. cheap valtrex pills.! valtrex generic lioresal atarax (hydroxyzine) is an antihistamine, which helps treat the symptoms o Hydroxyzine without prescription online. Venere. You can search for the type of room you want, along with other amenities you wish to have in your room.

Istanbul makes a great starting point for tours to other cities in Turkey. It is easy to access ancient Troy and tragic Gallipoli, sites of important battles both ancient and of the 20th century. Ephesus, a magnificent and well-preserved Roman city, stands not too far from there. Along the southern Mediterranean coast, there are Greek ghost towns and sunken cities along with beautiful beaches for swimming. Some companies offer excellent walking tours of Istanbul and these impressive historical sites. Headwater.com offer excellent walking tours of Istanbul and these impressive historical sites – Visit website

Istiklal Cadessi, the center of the modern city and a great place for shopping, eating, and people watching
Istiklal Cadessi, the center of the modern city and a great place for shopping, eating, and people watching
Ortaköy, one of many beautiful neighborhoods along the Bosporus. My home for nine months was in this square along the waterfront.
Ortaköy, one of many beautiful neighborhoods along the Bosporus. My home for nine months was in this square along the waterfront.
A local nargileh shop
A local nargileh shop
Feeding seagulls while crossing continents
Feeding seagulls while crossing continents
Galata Tower, best vantage point around
Galata Tower, best vantage point around
Looking over to the old city on the European side
Looking over to the old city on the European side
Aya Sofya, one of the most impressive buildings in the world
Aya Sofya, one of the most impressive buildings in the world
Lanterns in the Grand Bazaar
Lanterns in the Grand Bazaar
Roses growing near Dolmabahçe Palace
Roses growing near Dolmabahçe Palace
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
Ancient art at the Mosaic Museum
Ancient art at the Mosaic Museum
Basilica Cistern
Basilica Cistern

 

Ancient tombs of generals and kings
Ancient tombs of generals and kings
Blue Mosque, silhouetted on a spring day
Blue Mosque, silhouetted on a spring day

 

A common feature in all mosques
A common feature in all mosques
Mmm…dinner!
Mmm…dinner!
Indigo, a popular nightclub
Indigo, a popular nightclub
Istanbul’s annual Tulip Festival
Istanbul’s annual Tulip Festival
Beautiful flowers all around the city
Beautiful flowers all around the city
Jellyfish in the Bosporus
Jellyfish in the Bosporus

 

All photos by Neil Hilton.