Galata Tower, Istanbul

Oh, Those Galata Nights

While most visitors to Istanbul begin their exploration in Sultanahmet (the old city), my introduction to this historic city came across the Golden Horn in the Galata district. I made my way from Sultanahmet to Galata by foot, following the tram tracks to the Galata Bridge and then stopping for a late lunch at the …

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Istanbul Spice Bazaar

Too Many Tourists and Touts

I have been spoiled. Traveling through Russia in the offseason and through many places in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus that don’t attract large numbers of tourists in the first place has spoiled me. I forgot what it is like to push through crowds and to hear American and Australian accents at every turn. I …

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