In order to provide Founder of Women One and UNICEF Ambassador, Dayle Haddon, with a true understanding of the situation of women in Turkey, Turkish Philanthropy Funds felt it was essential to visit various cities throughout our vast and diverse country. Our first stop on our tour: Istanbul.
While Dubai and Doha may both have something to say about global domination through airport supremacy, the fact remains that Istanbul has, in the past couple of years, become an ideal place for a layover.
There's nothing quite like visiting a place when it's in the middle of a party -- especially if it's the kind of celebration that doesn't happen every year. Here's a selection of some of the must-see festivals and events happening exclusively in 2013.
What really struck me was the Turks' obvious love for food in the most unobnoxious way: just a deep appreciation and respect for its colorful history. None of the Turks I met were "foodies," they just loved and understood good, local food.
Istanbul is often described as the place where East meets West both literally, as the world's only city that straddles two continents, and metaphorically, as perhaps the world's busiest intersection of cultures, religions and leadership styles.