Istanbul is one of the world's most historically rich destinations, a busting metropolis with one foot in Asia and the other in Europe. It's a city of many contrasts -- East and West, the old and new, traditional and modern. To help guide your trip, here's a selection of the best of where to eat, stay and play.
ANKARA -- "A Strangeness in My Mind" is about what it means to be a poor, ordinary Turk, buffeted by the winds of modern politics and traditional mores. It is detailed, intimate, but it is also universal, dealing with emotions like shame, ambition, love and grief, and what it feels like to belong. This is not an intentionally political novel, but if there is a political message, this is it: Turkey needs to recognize its universals, not its differences. Saturday's bombing in Ankara showed us that, with devastating effect.
Building your dream vacation can be a very expensive undertaking, especially if you plan on hitting some of the world's most famous sights and cities. To help travelers create a fun (and affordable) itinerary for 2016, we analyzed the world's most popular cities to determine which 25 destinations will get you more bling for less cha-ching.
The temperature was a bracing 23 degrees F with high winds, but business was as usual in Istanbul's Grand Bazaar. Seated in an alley outside the Varol Çay Ocagi, a tea kitchen, I talked with Sefa Ulusan, one of the men who serve çay to the merchants and their customers on the north end of the maze of shops.