In a world where much of the hatred in the world today is generated by fear of the unknown, travel promotes peace to the bones. Travelers overcome boundaries, find similarities and appreciate differences because they directly experience the world and the people in it.
The other day somebody asked me about the initial divide and the principle differences between the Greek Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church. I began to answer, only to realize that I couldn't answer.
A list of the least-spoken facts about Turkey and Istanbul that you should know before coming here. I believe visiting this country aware of the insider's tips that I've shared below can only help you be more prepared and insightful with respect to Turkey.
As the many ethnicities of the Ottoman Empire left and settled in other parts of the world, the one word that they had in common was "yoğurt". From this word the modern, English version "yogurt" came to life. It is the one Turkish word to make it into the English language.
If you've already been here then you will understand what Fatih Sultan Mehmet II was saying. If you haven't, then I hope that this convinces you to come visit. Istanbul, more than most places in the world, is guaranteed to leave an imprint on your heart.