"Istanbul, a city for the ages, bridges Europe and Asia
By R.L. SCHREADLEY
I've just returned from what likely is the last of many (more than a dozen) visits to Istanbul, one of the most historic and strategically located cities in the world. With one foot planted in Asia and the other in Europe, it commands the Bosphorus, a narrow, 20-mile-long strait linking the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara, and through that the Dardanelles, the Mediterranean, and the Western world. A near constant stream of many-flagged tankers and freighters ply its waters, passing ancient fortifications, elegant palaces and the sumptuous summer homes (yalis) of the rich and powerful."
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