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.

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.

Blue tilework, Topkapı Palace, Istanbul

Blue tilework, Topkapı Palace, Istanbul

Spice Bazaar in Istanbul - You can find everything here, spices for every meal.

Spice Bazaar in Istanbul - You can find everything here, spices for every meal.

Istanbul --   A quiet moment amid the many cafés and bars that line  Nevizade Street.

Alan Richman Reviews Middle Eastern Food in Instanbul

Istanbul -- A quiet moment amid the many cafés and bars that line Nevizade Street.

The Stone Mirror - Istanbul, Turkey | Incredible Pictures

The Stone Mirror - Istanbul, Turkey | Incredible Pictures

Topkapi Palace, Istanbul  This is the exact color and pattern I want on my walls!

Topkapi Palace, Istanbul This is the exact color and pattern I want on my walls!

Flowers line the houses along the street leading towards Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque | Istanbul, Turkey

Flowers line the houses along the street leading towards Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque | Istanbul, Turkey

It is one of the oldest Istanbul hamams dating back to Selim II’s era. The bath section was built by the famous Ottoman architect, Sinan, in 1584. A visit to Çemberlitaş hamam can be one of the best Turkish bathing experiences under the huge dome. Try to plan your visit on a sunny day, so that you can get to lay on the göbektaşı, the large hot central stone, while the sunlight beams stream through the holes of the dome ceiling.

It is one of the oldest Istanbul hamams dating back to Selim II’s era. The bath section was built by the famous Ottoman architect, Sinan, in 1584. A visit to Çemberlitaş hamam can be one of the best Turkish bathing experiences under the huge dome. Try to plan your visit on a sunny day, so that you can get to lay on the göbektaşı, the large hot central stone, while the sunlight beams stream through the holes of the dome ceiling.

Istanbul is a favortie city for many! Must sees for a first visit are the Cistern, Blue Mosque, Haghia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar and a Bosphorous Tour but if you study abroad on CAPA International Education's Istanbul program, you'll have plenty more time to explore and experience all of the hidden gems.

Istanbul is a favortie city for many! Must sees for a first visit are the Cistern, Blue Mosque, Haghia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar and a Bosphorous Tour but if you study abroad on CAPA International Education's Istanbul program, you'll have plenty more time to explore and experience all of the hidden gems.

Istanbul: Topkapı Palace

Istanbul: Topkapı Palace

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