After leaving Croatia early, John and I were looking for a place to go next. It had to be friendly, interesting, close and outside the Schengen Area. I'd always wanted to visit Turkey and John had such a wonderful time there seven years ago that it was an easy decision to go back. We'd start in Istanbul, of course.
With over 13 million people, 5,343 square kilometers (2,063 sq miles) and straddling two continents, Istanbul is quite literally an enormous city. But it isn't just the statistics that make it feel so big. Its seven hills dwarf you as you stand, taking in all the sights, smells, sounds and tastes coming from every direction. I'm a big-city girl but nothing prepared me for such a gigantic place.
Big Domes and Spaces
Big, Bold Colours and Smells
Our feast for the senses will last two weeks...have you been to Turkey? What did you like best?