June 30, 2009


Blue MosqueHagia SophiaBosphorus, between Asia and Europe

Before going to Istanbul, all I knew about Istanbul is a city cross Asia and Europe, the largest city in Turkey, and of course they have a circuit for F1 racing.

Due to tight schedule, we only spend one full day in Istanbul. We visited those most attraction sites: Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and Hagia Sophia. Before taking the boat tour on Bosphorus, we also spend some time at Spice Bazaar. These places are really pretty and they really helped me to learn more about the Turkey in the past.

But what really surprised me is Istanbul is a truly international city; modern, organized, and friendly. Also, they are not like other Islamic countries, they are more open. I think it is one of the key factors why Istanbul can play such an important role in the world. But the only one thing I don't like is that most signage are in Turkish only.

Photos of Istanbul

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