It's one of Istanbul's real treats to sit on the waterfront of Karakoy sipping Turkish tea, Rika, or a cold beer and watching the sun setting over the striking silhouettes of the mosques across the other side of the Golden Horn.
If I was picking a name for this museum, I wouldn't use the word "naval." Istanbul Maritime History Museum would be a better fit. Or better yet: Royal Water Taxi Museum. But what impressive water taxis they are!
Hagia Sophia is old. Very old. The building that currently stands on the first of Istanbul's famous seven hills dates back almost 1,500 years and has had a remarkable and colorful history. It's also a beautiful place to visit.
For a big city--12 million people and counting--Paris doesn't have the kinds of skyscrapers you might expect. Aside from a few carefully segregated clusters, most of Paris's buildings aren't more than five or six stories tall. But the things that do stand out are world class landmarks.
It's a bit like London's version of the Eiffel Tower--a towering landmark that the city's locals initially greeted with skepticism, relying on some extraordinary engineering, and becoming a iconic fixture of the city's skyline. And both offer unparalleled views of their cities.
From the winding walkways through the village and along the tops of stunning cliffs over the Mediterranean (there are virtually no cars in the main village of Capri), the traditional wooden fishing boats in the harbor, the scrumptious seafood, the Roman ruins, and the role it has played in more modern...
With about 4000 individual stores, Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar has endless rows of storefronts and a staggering variety of merchandise that make for an assault on the senses and, potentially, on the wallet.