A Tale of Two Continents…
Since 1974, it has been my fortune to have lived upon both sides of the Bosphorus strait framed by the magnificently charming and ancient city of Istanbul. In all of the world, this most beautiful strait of water captured my heart and soul as far back as I can remember as a little boy. It was like she rocked me to sleep upon the Bosphorus as I drifted into slumber, unable to resist the sound of her hypnotic lullaby.
Ever since, I have unabashedly declared this undying love through books, TV programs, as well as newspaper and magazine articles too numerous to count. Since 1984, I have enjoyed the pleasure of conducting thousands of tours attended by more than 100,000 people. I have always fondly spoken of both continents - Asia and Europe - as we leisurely sailed through the aquamarine waters of the Bosphorus.
For me, living in this city is a true blessing from God. Talking about, writing about, exploring and loving Istanbul are my life’s endless passion. This is exactly why what I do for her has always been carried out with utter ecstasy.
To share with the world my great love for this enchanting city, I cheerfully penned “Bosphorus, The Ultimate Guide”. Under the illumination of 8,500 years of rich history, it was not easy to articulate a city so exultant and filled with surprises. One simply cannot get enough of exploring this legendary city filled to the brim with old and new, as she captures your mind with sight and sound. As you lose yourself in these pages, you will journey through an ancient yet ageless Istanbul from a unique perspective, viewing the opulence of the Bosphorus adorned with its famous architectural structures, never seen within the same frame.
In this printed work you will feast your eyes upon Istanbul; multi-colored and multi-cultural, blending past and present, nurturing the unique quality of differences side by side within her bosom while reconciling resentments with her beauty.
As you traverse these pages, my wish is to have you enraptured and transported upon the magic carpet of this love…