Fantastic Istanbul

Istanbul is a place that evokes feelings of a distant city on the eastern edge of Europe and the western edge of Asia. The city is a sprawling mix of old and new buildings, land and water, parks and city blocks.  The old town has the drama of the Topkapi palace, Blue mosque and Aya Sofia, the Roman basilica and a huge range of shops, bazaars, backstreet architecture, cobbled streets, restaurants and Roman remains. The smells and sounds of spice bazaars, fishmarkets, diesel ferries, the call to prayer and kebab shops make the city a living one.