A mystic land of legend and wonder
A mystic land of legend and wonder, Istanbul is a travel destination that you wonít soon forget. Istanbul was once the capitol of the Roman Empire but at this time Constantine called this land Constantinople which you may remember from your history classes in college. While the name has changed, the beauty and wonder created hundreds of years ago still stands today to leave tourists in wonder with her whimsical buildings and unforgettable magic.
When to go:May and June mark the most pristine weather patterns for Istanbul. While spring is the best time to travel thanks to long days and comfortable weather, April is a bit too rainy.
When not to go:Depending on the terror alert, you should take caution and make sure to check the website for homeland security to see what the current dangers are and if your trip is better left untraveled. This shouldnít dictate your stay . . . this kind of stuff is uncommon but still it is still a smart plan to be sure.
Culture shock factor:Istanbul is beautiful but some of the stories that visitors share arenít so pretty. Western women may be targeted out by thieves and predators. This is less likely if the woman is traveling with a man. Pickpockets are also quite common Ė those out for your wallet and your travel information to boot.
What to do while youíre here:Donít miss the Basilica cistern which was built by the Romans and houses an extravagant old world charm. The Blue Mosque is also a popular stop for tourists in Istanbul. If you arenít shy you may also want to visit the Hamam, which is a Turkish bath. If you are a sports fan you might also want to stop in for a game of soccer at one of the area arenas. When you come to Istanbul, you are sure to have an experience unlike any other in this beautiful part of the world. If you forget anything . . . just donít forget your camera!
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