History weighs heavily on Istanbul, the famous meeting point of two continents. The domes and minarets of the old city are instantly recognisable symbols of an empire only recently faded. The red and white of the Turkish Flag flies proudly from the tops of hills. Old and new combine to create something quite incredible.
I spent my first afternoon exploring the old city, walking around the edges of the golden horn and gazing up at the Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque and on the "modern" side the Galata Tower. I briefly touched upon the Grand Bazaar and wondered at the Egyptian Spice Market - "Fish Spice" or "Love Tea" anyone?