Istanbul- The crossroad of civilization
I had an opportunity to join an exciting trek thru the Republic of Georgia with my good friends Cindy and Jimbo McClelland from Changes In Latitude Travel Store recently. The trip included a couple days in Istanbul too prior to the trek.
If you remember your world history studies you’ll recognize and the ancient city of Constantinople, that is now Istanbul. It was originally founded around 660 BC as Byzantium and has been at the crossroads of time for nearly16 centuries. With a strategic location on the historic Silk Road the city now has a population of over 14 million with annual foreign visitors totaling over 11 million.
Unfortunately I only had two days to visit the historic monasteries, unique markets and other historic sights. We ate some fabulous food, drank too much Turkish Coffee and plenty of Carlsberg Beer.