The city welcomed me with hot sunny weather and beautiful buildings. I was amazed at the different colors of the houses, - red, blue, orange, green, grey, brown. The whole city, as well as other cities in Turkey, was full of color and full of life. The locals were friendly and seemed to know many foreign languages, always smiling at you and inviting you to their shop/stall/café.
I don’t want to tell you about the main touristic sights such as Blue Mosque or Hagia Sophia as these places are definitely worth visiting. I rented a car in Istanbul and took my way down the coast of the fascinating Marmara Sea. I wanted to explore the real culture and see real people, so I stopped at a small place called Marmara Ereglisi, about two hours from Istanbul.