Explore: Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and one of the largest cities in Europe and the world. Due to its size, it comes as no surprise that is a variety of things to do in this city. From beaches, shopping, historical and religious sites, there are countless opportunities for visitors to immerse themselves in the culture of Istanbul. Popular historical sites are the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, monuments that date back to the 1400s. There are also several picturesque parks where visitors can see the unofficial symbol of Istanbul and Turkey, the tulip, in full bloom starting around late April. For a truly one of a kind experience, if you’re into smoking nargile, more commonly known as hookah, there is a place called Rumeli Kahvesi, which is actually located in a cemetery, which isn’t as creepy as it sounds. One place in Turkey that should definitely want to experience if you want to emerge yourself in its culture is one of their historical bazaars, most notably the Grand-Bazaar, which has 1000s of shops that sell a wide range of Turkish products like carpets, pottery, and clothing to name a few. A downside to Istanbul is the tourist scams run rapidly. For restaurants to taxis to “free” shoe shining services, it is important to do research before you visit Istanbul, or any country for that matter. Safe travels!
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