The ancient grandeur of Ayasofya (Hagia Sofia); the Ottoman
architectural masterpiece Sultanahmet Camii (the
Blue Mosque); the lavish home of the Sultans, Topkapi Palace; the
newer but no less lavish Dolmabahce Palace; the color and bustle of Kapali
Bazaar), the finest bazaar in the Middle East; the Byzantine
mosaics of Kariye Camii (the Church of the Holy Savior in Chora).
The tiles and artifacts of
Arkeoloji Muzesi (the Archaeological Museum).
Dinner with a view at Ulus 29; a seafood lunch at Pandeli's; stylish
food and people at Zarifi; dinner at a pavement meyhane restaurant
on Nevizade Sokak.
Cocktails in the bar of the Pera Palas Hotel; hobnobbing with the
beautiful people by the waters of the Bosporus at Laila; barhopping in
Beyoglu, where you'll find everything from folk music at Turku Bar to
dance grooves at Life.
A weekend stroll through Ortakoy's waterside cafes; a walk along Sahil
Yolu (the street that runs along the Sea of Marmara near Sultanahmet).