A 3 1/2 hour plane ride from Paris and you’re in Istanbul. I had no idea what to expect. Like most occasions, I booked my ticket 1 week before and didn’t have the chance to dive deep into researching the historic and vibrant city (Istanbul definitely deserves the proper background research before you go).
Luckily, I reached out to friends to send tips, arrange my hotel and make intro’s to their local friends. I find its always better to explore a city off the beaten path.