It is always my dream to visit the city that combines the grandeur of the ancient world and the cosmopolitan allure of modern society. I'm talking about the metropolis that stradles the Sea of Marmara and Bosporus. You still don't know what I'm talking about? Minarets of magnificent mosques and old world flea markets are everywhere. Everybody knows its Istanbul or Constantinople for history geeks and grumpy Greeks.

Where Europe and Asia collide, Istanbul makes your travel experience an amazing adventure because you can have your breakfast in the Asian side of the city, travel and marvel at the sceneries of the Bosphorus Bridge by noon, and have hearty dinner at the European side by night. Have an educational sidetrips at the tourist hotspots of its bygone Byzantine-Ottoman relics like the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, and the Galata Tower overlooking the Golden Horn.

Just like Rome, the city is like a living museum because there are many sights to see from end to end. I may not speak Turkish but I know that the people are nice and friendly. Take a traditional Anatolian food and partake in age-old Turk customs that foreigners may enjoy. The women are beautiful and perhaps, more Europeanized than their Middle Eastern counterparts.

If you want to know more, book your Turkish Airlines ticket bound for Istanbul.

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