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RICK STEVES’ EUROPE  S5 • E12

Istanbul

In Istanbul, we’ll lose our way in the Grand Bazaar and munch our way through the famously fragrant Spice Market. We’ll follow the fall of the ancient capital of Byzantium and the rise of Islam at the city’s ancient wall, and wander among the treasures of Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and Topkapı Palace. To escape the city bustle, we’ll cruise the churning waters of the Bosphorus, make friends over backgammon, and try a traditional Turkish bath.

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Published on Jul 11, 2016
The Divide (2010): According to a Turkish saying, the earth in Istanbul is made of gold – but not everyone has such a rosy view of the city.

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