The wondrous landscape and charming architecture of Istanbul has graced the backdrops of many legendary love stories. The mythological lovers Hero and Leander have a story here. So do the all-conquering 16th-century lovers Sultan Süleyman and Roxelana. There's also Pierre Loti and Aziyade of the 19th century. Yes, gazing at the city from rooftops, giggling with friendly locals, and canoodling in the Bosporus breeze is indeed romantic.