Istanbul – 2 Continents and a Riot – Part 2

There are some cultural experiences so core to Turkey that anywhere else you will only find poor mimicries. A Turkish Hammam is one of them. Most of the hammams are not designed for tourists, they are used by the locals and are still as traditional as used to be. They are gender-segregated in the strictest of fashions with most of them having separate entrances. You … Continue reading Istanbul – 2 Continents and a Riot – Part 2

Istanbul – 2 Continents and a Riot – Part 1

There is no end to the amount of intrigue and awe this city generates. From the vibrant and flourishing Constantinople of pre-medieval times to the cosmopolitan Istanbul of today where Daniel Craig can be visualized driving a motorbike across rooftops chasing some supervillain, this city has it all. The amalgamations of cultures, architecture, and even politics is like nowhere else. Blue Mosque a highly revered … Continue reading Istanbul – 2 Continents and a Riot – Part 1

Turkey – The Amalgamation of Cultures and Continents

It has been a while since I spent this amazing week in Turkey and a lot has changed since then, mostly politically, in the country. A long period of riots and a near coup have come and gone but none of that has impacted its stunning architecture and mind-blowing natural phenomenon. They did impact my trip though as the first major riot on Taksim square … Continue reading Turkey – The Amalgamation of Cultures and Continents