"If the Earth were a single state, Istanbul would be its capital." - Napoleon Bonaparte
Everyone who has visited Istanbul before might agree with Napoleon. The beauty of Istanbul is a mixture of natural, historical and urban. The city straddles the Bosphorus, and its magnificent beauty attracts millions of tourists from different places around the world each year. According to the Istanbul news the number of tourists reached 3.3 million this year, and they recorded an increase of 18% from the last year. Based on this, if tourists had just one day in Istanbul they should enjoy their day in the mixed bloom of this city.
In the morning, some tourists go to cruises on the Bosphoros where the blue sky, deep sea, white gulls and white dolphins are all around them. In addition, on the way of these cruises are the queens’ islands, which have charming beaches and clean air. Here, people lie in the sun and revel in the blue sight of the sky and the sea. While some tourists go to cruises, others like to watch shoppers or buy some Turkish antiques in the old bazaar, or taste the delicious sweets which fill the lane with their flavorful aroma. Moreover, some people complete their cruises to Bursa to ride the chairlifts between the hills, and watch the forest around them.
In the afternoon, people explore the history of the city when they visit mosques, churches or museums which date to more than one thousand years ago which represent the old emperors that ruled the city. For instance; the Sultan Ahmed mosque which is named for an Ottoman sultan, the Hagia Sophia museum and Beylerbeyi palace, these are the most famous buildings there. Brown buildings and green lots make a marvelous blend of history and nature in the city parks. The ice-cream sellers, with unique Turkish uniforms, hit their bells to allure the tourists to savor their ice-cream.
The delectable Turkish dinner at Istiklal Street with Turkish music is another pleasure in this city, like the Kabab, Baklave...