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Instantly enthralled by Istanbul’s museums, markets, history and restaurants

Donal O’Keeffe visits the major Turkish city that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait and is fascinated by its magical blend of museums, markets, history and restaurants.

Forked lightning split the midnight skies as I flew in on a luxurious Turkish Airlines flight to the futuristic new Istanbul Airport.

Looking down at the golden arteries of street-lights lining the twinkling, silvery circuit-board of the city once known as Constantinople, and before that Byzantium, I marvelled at the sheer scale of this sprawling home to 20 million people.

East meets west here, and…

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