The history and cuisine of Istanbul is so much different than anything else I have ever experienced.  Once located at the crossroads of the spice trade between Europe, Asia, and North Africa, Istanbul’s food boasts some of the most diverse flavors and influences in the world.  This, in addition to the insanely low prices (a turkish lire is about 54 cents USD!), created some incredible street food, market shopping, and other culinary experiences.

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