Postcards from…. Istanbul
We loved Istanbul — and not just Cihangir.
The capital of great empires for 1500 years, first Byzantium, then Constantinople, the city forms a boundary between Asia and Europe.
The dome of the Aya Sofya, suspended high above, is jawdropping — 1480 years after it was first built.
Big ships run through the Sea of Marmara, as they always have.
The tiles at Topkapi Palace are as fresh as they were when the sultan and his harem lived here.
The Animal and Flower Market is a welter of colour and sound.
Cruising the Bosphorus, the Maiden’s Tower still stands proud.
Deep underground, the Byzantine cistern is more basilica than reservoir.
The Blue Mosque, with its six minarets, still rules the skyline.
Spices are still bright at the spice bazaar.
And the Pudding Shop, where 1960s overlanders met, still makes baklava.