ISTANBUL ARCHITECTURE - Long recognized as a world capital and vital crossroads city on the Silk Road, Istanbul facilitated the flow between Europe and Asia of food, silk, spices, ideas and more. Nowhere are all its influences - peoples, rulers, conquerers - better reflected than in its unrivalled, atmospheric old-world architecture.
A NOVEL MUSEUM - In his book, "The Museum of Innocence," Turkish author Orhan Pamuk imagines characters who devise a museum, which he brought to life in the pages of his novel. And then, with amazing perseverance, in real life. In one of his most audacious works, the Noble Winner has crafted an unique museum of possibilities, and another great gift to Istanbul.
Photo credit: Orhan Pamuk courtesy of JODI HILTON (www.jodihilton.com)