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1818x0x Istanbul's 10 Most Romantic Spots

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  • Turkish Culture List
    Feb 3, 2012

      Istanbul's 10 Most Romantic Spots

      by Elizabeth Thorp

      Istanbul is one of the most romantic cities in the world. So much so that JFK Jr. took his new bride Carolyn Bassett there for their 1996 honeymoon. Majestically astride two continents, it is a mystical playground of historical marvels, a palimpsest of civilizations that takes travelers back in time. When the sun goes down, the city turns intriguingly contemporary, luring visitors with pulsating night life and the most vibrant restaurants and clubs in Europe.

      Whether you're on a once-in-a-lifetime Valentine's Day trip, a honeymoon, or simply looking for love, Istanbul's exotic mosaic of tastes, sounds and aromas will surely sweep you away. Even Cupid would love that Turkish Airlines is offering an incredible Valentine's Day fare sale to experience the allure of this exotic city - fly to Istanbul from one of the airline's gateways (Chicago, New York, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles), non-stop for $599. Travelers must book the special economy class fare by January 31, 2012 for outbound travel between February 1 and February 29, 2012.

      Once you arrive in Istanbul, here are the top 10 romantic experiences you can enjoy in this unforgettable city:


      1.) Take a walk at Akinti Burnu along the Bosphorous Straight, the waterway that divides Europe and Asia. As you stroll by locals fishing for the day's catch, you will be carried away by the breathtaking views of the Asiatic shoreline adorned with palaces and picturesque wooden houses.

      [Read about the spots and see their photographs at
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ elizabeth-thorp/top-10- romantic-things-to_b_1234763. html ]