Istanbul

Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel

Looking out of my bedroom window thirty two floors up the gleaming new Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel, the full effects of the recent Siberian snowstorm were all too apparent. Istanbul was covered in a heavy white blanket and there wasn’t a car in sight.

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The Pera Palace, Istanbul.

As lifts go, this one creaked and groaned as it made its way upwards, but considering this was Turkey’s first ever lift and Kemal Ataturk, President Tito, Jackie Kennedy, King Edward VIII and Agatha Christie have all been former passengers here at the Pera Palace, you can forgive such ailments.

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