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I’ve just returned from a quick weeklong trip to Istanbul.  I embarked on this adventure with two of my best friends in San Francisco.  (Julie is a teacher and had the week off from school and her daughter, Caitlin, is a blogger and designer of Sacramento Street).

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Istanbul has long been on my list of top travel destinations.   I immediately fell in love.  I was intoxicated by its beauty, exoticism and sophistication. You cannot help but be engulfed by the vast cultural history. The city is a rarefied mix of the past and future. It’s the most extraordinary city I have ever visited. It’s so overwhelming (in a good way) that I am somewhat paralyzed trying to describe it.

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The breathtaking skyline with minarets and church spires – Byzantine and Ottoman architecture mixed with a smattering of the contemporary. One city spanning two continents.  The meandering blue of the Bosporus bisecting the city.

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The week was spent sightseeing, sourcing pile after pile of vintage and antique area rugs and textiles for client projects and eating some of the best food.  I loved every second of the trip.

I can’t wait to plan my next trip to explore more of Turkey.  I’m thinking of Cappadocia and Ephesus- and certainly more time in Istanbul.

I hope that you enjoy some of my photo highlights. In my next post, I am going to follow up with my “Top 10” list, like I did when I returned from Morocco (in case you are taking a trip there soon-HERE is that link).