Istanbul is in a unique location, because it exists in two continents. The European side has all the popular sights, but the Asian side has an equal amount of charm (minus all the tourists). The boat ride on the Bosphorus alone makes the trip worth it, especially during dusk when the sun paints the sky with it’s fiery hues and the outline of the city slowly evaporates into the shadows. It was refreshing to finally get away from the crowded streets, and join the commuters on their way back home.
I got off at Kadıköy, and ate at Çıya Kebapçı, which a friend highly recommended. I had the best kebab I’ve had in Turkey so far, the smokey flavor of the lamb was perfection, complementing the rich blend of spices. I guess that it wasn’t a well-kept secret, because the New Yorker and various other American publications raved about this…
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