Straddling not just the Bosphorus River, but also two continents, Istanbul is a city firmly pushing itself into the future while holding on to tradition and religion.
Everywhere you turn in the city, you are faced with a mosque or at least one minaret is visible in the distance.
The minarets are where the calls to prayer are made from (six times a day with bullhorn-like loudspeakers), so choose your hotel wisely or you won’t need to use your alarm clock! The first call to prayer is two hours before dawn!
See more of my adventures in Turkey here.