Istanbul — Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul – three names for the one great city that straddles the Bosphorus, with one foot in Asia and the other in Europe. The Turkish capital until it shifted to Ankara in 1923, Istanbul is still far and away the country’s most exciting, beautiful, and historically interesting town.

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For three ancient empires, two continents, and a mesmerizing cultural identity on display in its markets and cafes.

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What $5, $10, and $100 Will Get You in Istanbul

March 13, 2014 by Christine Wei

"Dizzy" is a word we often hear people use to describe colorful, chaotic, history-rich Istanbul. There's something travelers seem to love about throwing ... Read More »


New Year's Eve: Laidback Alternatives to the World's Biggest Parties

December 06, 2013 by Karen Gardiner Dion

As the count down to the New Year approaches, so does the party-planning pressure. Most major cities throw vast, crowded spectacles for the occasion, but if ... Read More »


Shoulder Season: Enjoy Smaller Crowds in 5 European Cities

September 18, 2013 by Alex Schechter

Here we are in September, and though certain parts of Europe tend to cool down faster than others (Vienna is already in the low 60s, while Sicily is keeping ... Read More »


Inspired Travel: Basilica Cistern

July 12, 2013 by Nicole Fisher

Found under the Eminönü district of Istanbul, the Basilica Cistern isa 6th century underground chamber that features 336 marble columns, vaulted ceilings, and ... Read More »


Eurostar Tries Out New Service, Plus 4 Other Great European Train Journeys

July 11, 2013 by Karen Gardiner Dion

Eurostar recently tested service betweenLondon and Aix-en-Provence. Later this year, the TGV will begin running a direct service between Paris and Barcelona, ... Read More »


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