Straddled between the continents of Asia and Europe Istanbul has seen the rise and fall of many kingdoms.It is a city with an energy that encompasses you right from the initial contact. A casual walk past cobble stoned pathways transports you in and out of different eras of history in a matter of minutes. The ruined remains of the ancient Byzantines to the mosques of the Caliphate rule all stand shoulder to shoulder. There are century old Hamams still operational (with separate sections for men and women) competing for space with local kebab shops. The skyline is dominated by the minarets of the Caliphate age.
The Bosphorus strait which divides this city gives Istanbul a romantic appeal a favorite of the bond creator Ian Fleming and as such a lot of movies have been filmed in here.