Ireland Road Trip

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Sometimes you just have to say “let’s have a random adventure.” After a travel conference in London this past November, I had a few days to spare before I needed to catch a flight back to New York. With that time, I could have easily stayed put and wandered around London, but that relentless voice inside my head conjured up other plans. …

Topkapi Palace Tour

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The Topkapi Palace was the primary residence for the Ottoman Sultans for over 400 years, so it’s as extravagant as it is historic. Today the Topkapi Palace is a UNESCO world heritage site and serves as a museum for holy relics and significant artifacts. Comprised of four main courtyards and many smaller buildings, at it’s peak the royal compound was …

The Historic Hagia Sophia Guide

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This one-time Christian Church, turned Imperial Mosque, turned museum, is said to be the epitome of Byzantine architecture. Located just across from the famous Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia is a beautiful structure with equally as impressive history. The incredible city of Istanbul has been home to many civilizations throughout the centuries, and none have been more influential than the powerful …

Exploring the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul

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In 2014, the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul was listed as the world’s most popular tourist attraction with over 91 million annual visitors. With 61 covered streets and over 3,000 shops, there is literally something for everyone within this amazing maze of consumption. Shopping for everything from lanterns to ladles, its almost impossible to leave empty handed. The Grand Bazaar is one …

Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise

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Separating Europe and Asia, and connecting the Black Sea with the Mediterranean, the Bosphorus is the lifeblood of Istanbul. It has served a strategic body of water for the Roman and Ottoman Empires alike, and remains a major shipping and trade port. The Bosphorus cruise starts out by passing under the famous Galata Bridge, where you’ll get great views of the …