Turkey both defines and is defined by two continents. This alone intrigued me enough to make the drive from “Europe” to “Asia” to explore. Welcome to Istanbul.
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Turkish script

1. Outside Topkapi Palace.

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Stuffed grape leaves, Turkey

2. Grape leaves stuffed with rice, resting in a bed of salt.

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Turkish men

3. Turkish yentas converse outside a local restaurant.

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Spice market, Turkey

4. The Spice Bazaar.

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Entering the mosque

5. In awe at the Blue Mosque.

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Washing of feet, Turkey

6. Feet must be washed before entering the mosque to pray.

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Praying inside the Blue Mosque

7. Praying solo in the Blue Mosque.

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Traditional Muslim dress, Istanbul

8. Husband and wife shop together.

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Colorful lamps, Istanbul

9. Colors of light in a random lamp store.

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Ottoman pillars

10. These columns were erected by the Ottoman Empire.

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Turkish woman

11. A Turkish woman rushes to her daughter, hiding behind a column.

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Fisherman, Istanbul

12. A fisherman en route between "Asia" and "Europe."

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