Istiklal Avenue (Istanbul, Turkey). 'In İstanbul, you can board a commuter ferry to flit between continents and be rewarded at sunset with the city’s most magical sight, when the tapering minarets of the Old City are thrown into relief against a dusky pink sky. Elsewhere, history resonates with profound force amid the Ottoman and Byzantine glories of the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofya and Topkapı Palace.'  http://www.lonelyplanet.com/turkey/istanbul

Istiklal Avenue (Istanbul, Turkey). 'In İstanbul, you can board a commuter ferry to flit between continents and be rewarded at sunset with the city’s most magical sight, when the tapering minarets of the Old City are thrown into relief against a dusky pink sky. Elsewhere, history resonates with profound force amid the Ottoman and Byzantine glories of the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofya and Topkapı Palace.' http://www.lonelyplanet.com/turkey/istanbul

Tea bags from The House Cafe in Istanbul: this creative design guarantees to cheer you up in the morning!

Tea bags from The House Cafe in Istanbul: this creative design guarantees to cheer you up in the morning!

Tea bags from The House Cafe in Istanbul: this creative design guarantees to cheer you up in the morning!

Tea bags from The House Cafe in Istanbul: this creative design guarantees to cheer you up in the morning!

A nazar boncuğu is an eye-shaped amulet believed to protect against the evil eye.

A nazar boncuğu is an eye-shaped amulet believed to protect against the evil eye.

Floating Restaurant, Istanbul by Rafe Abrook on Flickr.

Floating Restaurant, Istanbul by Rafe Abrook on Flickr.

Sultanahmet Park, İstanbul (Turkey). 'History resonates when you stand in this garden between the Blue Mosque and Aya Sofya. Book-ended by the Roman-era Hippodrome and a modern-day tourist enclave where remnants of the Great Palace of Byzantium provide decorative flourishes, the park offers more than peerless photo opportunities – it visually reinforces İstanbul’s claim to be the greatest city in the world.' http://www.lonelyplanet.com/turkey/istanbul

Sultanahmet Park, İstanbul (Turkey). 'History resonates when you stand in this garden between the Blue Mosque and Aya Sofya. Book-ended by the Roman-era Hippodrome and a modern-day tourist enclave where remnants of the Great Palace of Byzantium provide decorative flourishes, the park offers more than peerless photo opportunities – it visually reinforces İstanbul’s claim to be the greatest city in the world.' http://www.lonelyplanet.com/turkey/istanbul

Galata Tower - Istanbul

Galata Tower - Istanbul

Balat, Istanbul

Balat, Istanbul

Whether you’re a first-timer or not, if all the delicious food options seem overbearing, just start with our list of Top 7 Turkish Staple Foods. They are sure to exceed your expectations.

Whether you’re a first-timer or not, if all the delicious food options seem overbearing, just start with our list of Top 7 Turkish Staple Foods. They are sure to exceed your expectations.

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