First visit: September 1978
Subsequent visits: June 1985, July 2000, September 2000, September 2001, May 2002, September 2002 (twice), July 2003, February 2005, January 2006, September 2006, November 2009, March 2011, January/February 2012, July 2012, August 2012, February 2013, March 2013, June 2013, July 2013, November 2013, April 2014.
Visited: Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Adana, Trabzon, Kayseri, Bursa, Eskisehir, Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Kars, Samsun, Gumushane, Nigde, Edirne, Igdir, Dogubeyazit, Hopa.
A must. East meets west, and Istanbul stands as the most mesmerising place in Europe and Asia, as it could be either or both. The Bosphorus is breath-taking but this is only the beginning. The country offers beaches, mountains, cultural riches (often of Ancient Greek background) and generally good-natured and kind people, not to mention a cuisine that is arguably the best in the world. This is a country where I hope to spend months of roaming around, someday...
Favourite: iskender kebap and mercimet (lentil) soup.