By Connie Golding
Fifteen. That is how old I was when Istanbul first came on my radar. Of course I knew it existed, but I had never given it much of a look over. When I finally did begin to research the city, I became infatuated and it quickly became one of the top five places I had to visit.
The idea of being able to visit two continents by just crossing a river enticed me. One moment I could be in Europe, and then next, Asia. Not to mention the fact that Istanbul had been around for centuries, ruled by multiple people and empires. I read of the Hagia Sophia, and the Topkapi Palace. I was hooked. I had to go!
And finally, 10 years later, I am.
On July 5, 2013, I will meet my travel companion, my mom, in Prague for a four-day visit. Then we will head to Istanbul for an additional four days and circle back to Prague where we will say goodbye and fly back home to our respective parts of the country: I’ll go back to Washington D.C., and my mom will go back to Alaska.
While on this trip I will be live tweeting and blogging my experiences—the hotels I stay in, restaurants we eat at, museums and concerts we attend, and so much more. This trip should be even more exciting, as we are on high alert due to all the social unrest in Istanbul.
Make sure to check back and follow my tweets leading up to the trip, where I will be giving you advice and sharing articles on how to properly visit a country that is in the midst of political and social turmoil. If you have any questions, please feel free to tweet them to me @connie1776–though please remember, I will have limited Internet access while traveling, but I hope to get back to anyone who has a question.
Also, if you have been to Prague or Istanbul and have any suggestions on restaurants or attractions that are off the beaten path, please share! I love breaking away for the touristy norm and experience what a location really has to offer.