I'm working on gathering photos since they are really the only way to convey the sensations of the city - even then, it seems to be a city that defies explanation. I'm aiming for a long, lovely post tomorrow so stay tuned. The photo above is from inside the Harem at Topkapi Palace, the home of the Sultan and his concubines.
And thank you to everyone who sent us recommendations via comments and email. Your recommendations really helped us plan our days and I'm not sure we would have had such a fulfilling trip without them.