Istanbul, A Home from Home
I never feel more at ease and relaxed away from home than I do in Istanbul. Everything about this sprawling metropolis excites me, from the fabulous historic architecture, to the food and the people who welcome with open arms and warming smiles.
Turkey is fast becoming a more and more popular holiday destination for Brits and Europeans alike, partly due to the great value for money and fabulous exchange rate on the Turkish Lira, but mostly due to word of mouth created by the great experiences found in the country.
Straddling the Bosphorus, ever expanding into both Europe and Asia, Istanbul has been welcoming travellers for thousands of years, throughout the Ottoman and Byzantine eras of its growth, throughout wars which have shaped its and Europes culture and until the present day. These travellers will have all witnessed the hospitality and grand sights Istanbul has to offer.
Not to sound cliched, but I enjoy nothing more than finding a little cafe or restaurant and ordering a big plate of lamb koftas, washed down with Turkish tea. Now the tea won’t be to everybodies taste, but the food is some of the best I have tasted anywhere in the world. No matter if you pay 5 or 50 Turkish Lira, you will get the same care and presentation from the chef whatever meal you have. They care so much, they want to make a good impression do you’ll go home and tell all your friends of the great time you had in Turkey.
The homely feeling doesn’t just stop with the people, if you are looking for a good stay and relaxing surroundings, a grand hotel Istanbul can give to you. I especially like the Hilton Hotels over there, despite being a large chain it still has that authentic local feel without taking anything away from the comfort and service of a luxury corporate hotel.
Once you have had your fill of Istanbul, and trust me it will take a long time, there are many reasons people don’t leave, then you can spread your wings across Turkey and take in the more rural sights and sounds. Turkey is fast becoming one of my favourite countries to visit, there are so many things to see and do, and I will enjoy writing about them again and again!