A testament to the achievements of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, the Hagia Sofia is simply breathtaking and majestic. I stopped in Istanbul and took a quick trip around the Old City. Although it was drizzling, families were strolling around the fountain in the Blue Mosque area. Istanbul combined historical architecture with a modern day feel and a fusion of religious and secular cultures, with some of the friendliest and hospitable people with old world charm.





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