Istanbul is a fascinating city full of history and culture; its strategic location made it attractive to many roaming armies over the centuries with the Greeks, the Romans, the Persians and the Venetians all attempting to rule before finally, it was conquered by the Ottomans.
Evidence of these different periods of rule is scattered all about this romantic city; in the architecture, the cuisine, and the local customs and traditions. It is a city where East meets West and this refers to more than just the fact that the city straddles two different continents, although certainly this was why so many nations had their eye on holding it as their own.
A visit to Istanbul could not fail to inspire: from the stunning Topkapi Palace to the colourful Grand Bazaar, here is a city you could fall in love with. Stroll hand in hand through the bustling markets and try your hand at some bartering, taste the local cuisine which is a tastebud-bursting combination of fine fresh fish and aromatic dishes or simply stand and admire the magnificently decorated mosques and minarets which adorn this Turkish delight.
By night the city really comes alive; the sparkling stars illuminating the Byzantine buildings, reflecting beautifully on the Bosphorus river which winds its way past the city. The culture of the local people is to be warm and open and you see no greater evidence of this than in the Turkish taverns which are ideal for whiling your evening away, appreciating the real sense of heritage which surrounds you. Enter the magical world of Istanbul and be introduced to the remarkable city with the film A Postcard of Istanbul. Take a look at the captivating trailer for the film below –