Istanbul, Turkey - From National Geographic's Best Spring Trips 2012 - Second time in two weeks I've heard to put this city at the top of my list.

Basilica cistern - Istanbul, Turkey - From National Geographic's Best Spring Trips 2012

Istanbul, Turkey

Saint Petersburg Mosque, Russia - Quote:"The walls were made with grey granite and the dome and both minarets (tower) are covered with mosaic ceramics of sky-light-blue colour. Skilled craftsmen from Central Asia took part working on the mosque.

Map of the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey. One of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, this maze of 65 winding, covered streets (1,350 acres) is crammed with 4,000 tiny shops, cafés, restaurants, fountains, mosques & courtyards.

Grand Bazaar of Istanbul : Photos, Guide, Shopping & What To Buy

A Map Guide to the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. The link is to a great list of shops cafés in the Grand Bazaar that are not to be missed.

Ortaköy Mosque

On the occasion of the annual Bosphorus Cup race, the Spanish photographers of Martinez Studio visited Istanbul.

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