Anybody who knows me knows that I LOVE Istanbul. Maybe it's because it was the first place I traveled to on my own, the charm of the Turkish people, the friendly aura of the city, the sound of the simit sellers, the smell of balik ekmek wafting from the restaurants next to the ferry docks, or the fact that you can sail from one continent to another in just twenty minutes, all while admiring the city's historic skyline. In the past three and a half years, I've visited this city eleven times, and each and every time I leave it, my heart aches. Istanbul has belonged to many different civilizations of people over the years, but when I'm there, I feel as if it belongs to me.
And so I present a photo tour of my favorite city east of the Atlantic: Istanbul, Turkey.
For more info on what to do in Istanbul, check out my 36 hours in Istanbul post. But, hopefully you choose to stay longer in this magnificent city!