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When confronted with the idea of traveling to Turkey, I was instantly excited to be going to Istanbul. I couldn’t wait to stroll through the Grand Bazaar, check out the treasures of Topkapi Palace and be blown away by the grandeur of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. These are some of the city’s most popular tourist sites, and I didn’t even consider anything else on my itinerary. In my head, I was already bargaining for trinkets in the bazaar and strategizing how to see the most sites during my short visit. I’m happy to report that Istanbul didn’t disappoint. The city was a cosmopolitan blend of Asia and Europe. The food was exquisite, and my mind was indeed blown away by the beauty of its ancient attractions, as well as the bazaar’s hidden treasures.
A hot-air balloon rises over the Museum Hotel in Cappadocia, Turkey. // (C) 2010 Museum Hotel Cappadocia
Click here to read Managing Editor Janeen Christoff's blog about her adventures in Turkey.
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This year, ASTA’s International Destination Expo (IDE) will take place in Istanbul, Turkey. Agents can spend four days, from April 19-22, immersed in Turkish culture, visiting its historic sites and becoming a specialist on the destination. Another added benefit is that this year’s IDE attendees will enjoy free hotel stays and sightseeing, as well as other benefits, courtesy of the Turkish Ministry of Tourism. www.astaide2010.org