If you click this photo you can see a much bigger version, which is good because there's a lot to see – all the little people and the yellow cabs around Taksim Square, the Galata Tower further on down toward the Golden Horn and the Sea of Marmara in the background. Just a few of the countless things that make Istanbul one of my top five world cities.*
It's a confluence of civilization, continents and cultures in a breathtaking physical setting. For a kid from the American south, the sound of the call to prayer from all different directions at dusk is hopelessly exotic. Istanbul. What's not to like?
* My top five list: Hong Kong, Istanbul, Paris, San Fransisco, Sydney. Your results may vary.