Arriving in Istanbul, an old city on the cusp of European life

The Blue Mosque Roof in Istanbul (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: I should have guessed better. But my first impressions of Turkey were not old school. They were of Istanbul’s thriving tourist trade, then again, it was the middle of Ramadan. After climbing up the hill to Old Sultanahmet we arrived at the hostel our French friend had recommended…well not exactly but it …

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