When I visited Istanbul last year over Easter (tip: whilst everywhere else in Europe is expensive to fly to during this time, largely Islamic Istanbul is cheap!), I was immediately captivated. Everything about the city was intoxicating — from the exotic call to prayer before the sun rose, the dazzling skyline crowned by minarets, the visual feast that is the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest and busiest souks in the world and the vibrant Spice Market, to a feast of smoky kebabs and the ritual of sipping tea at sidewalk cafes — it was all so infatuating. No other city in the world straddles two continents or has a history that features the collision of civilizations quite like this one. It’s one of the most interesting cities I’ve visited in Europe and one that I won’t soon forget.
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