Marhaba IstanbulIstanbul is the only city in the world to be situated on two continents: Asia and Europe, and what could be more fascinating than that! Istanbul boasts a spectacular amount of tourists from all over the world creating a bustling city filled with energy and excitement. The city oozes culture and traditions. It is almost as if it is a burst of culture in one's face. It is surrounded with historical buildings that is remembrance of all the Ottoman empire stood for.
The two main tourist attractions are Sultanahmet District and Taksim Square. I found both to be really intriguing. Sultanahmet is where most of the tourists descend each day forming queues that seem never ending. It is home to the famous Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern and the Spice and Grand Bazaars.
Whereas, Taksim square is a long street where an olden days tram roams up and down. It is where the best Turkish delight and Baklava are sold. It might as well be called heaven. There is an array of restaurants with amazing food. As the street winds down its path, one can find an old church and the Galata Tower. Within this street lies night clubs, a mall, vendors selling everything one can imagine and it is truly the street that never sleeps. People go into restaurants at 1am and it seems normal.
Other places that should be visited is the Egyptian spice market. Walk the back streets from here to end up at the palace. A trip down the Bosphorus is an absolute must do. This is the best place to do food tours and some of the foods to try are: The Turkish coffee, Apple and Pomegranate tea, Sutlac, Gozlam, Doner, Baklava and Turkish Delight.
Turkey will force you to leave your heart behind as it is a country like no other with the most amazingly friendly people.