January 17, 2014

Go Cold Turkey: A Winter's Visit to Istanbul, the Intriguing, Iconic City on Two Continents


As arrived at our flat in the heart of Istanbul, big fat flakes of snow fell around us. The medieval landmark of the Galata Tower looked magical, looming through swirling white clouds. An elderly man dragged a wooden cart up the steep street. He shouted for customers seeking a slug of salep, the sweet Turkish drink originally made from ground orchid roots. 

Opening the front door to the block of flats, a black cat slunk in from the freezing cold. It turned out to be a lucky sign for a lovely short break in the historic city that straddles two continents. Any notion we had stepped back in time was quickly dashed as I set out with my wife and son to explore this astonishing place. 

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