Istanbul – Ancient & ModernJanuary 25, 2011
Posted by Kanga.
The very first thing I noticed about Istanbul looking out the van window while being driven from the airport along the coastline to our hotel was that ancient and modern are melded together. Unlike Dubai, where a ten year old building is considered ripe for the wreaking ball, Byzantine and Medieval walls and buildings are simply incorporated into modern constructions.
You never know when you will look down a street and see an ancient wall.
Or an old tree around which building, awning and sidewalk wrap.
One explanation of the origin of Turkish Delight is that it was invented by Bekir Effendi the founder of this confectionary established in 1777 and still operating today. Of course, we went in and bought some. Yum!