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Visit Istanbul – The Ancient City On The Bosphorus

Istanbul is Turkey’s most populous city, is a massive tourist destination, and is the center of Turkish culture, economy, and history.  While Istanbul is not Turkey’s capital, the city is still incredibly important culturally and politically.  The city is bisected by the Bosphorus Strait, which links the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara which ultimately feeds into the Mediterranean.  The city is also unique in that the Bosphorus divides the city between...

Stroll The Canals During Your Visit To Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the capital of The Netherlands, though not the location of the seat of the kingdom, which is in The Hague.  It is The Netherlands’ largest city, with close to a million residents and has existed since the late 12th century when a bridge was built over the river Amstel.  The city was granted its charter in either 1300 or 1306, and by the 16th century the city was the epicenter of the War of Dutch Independence against the Spanish Hapsburg king, Phillip II...

Visit Medieval Bruges On Your Next European Adventure!

To the average person, Bruges is hardly a city name that resides at the tip of the tongue.  In recent years, film buffs may recognize the medieval Belgian town from the Martin McDonagh film In Bruges, however, it turns out that the city is much more important historically than merely being the setting of a fantastic film.  Bruges is the capital of the province of West Flanders in Belgium, deep in the heart of the Dutch portion of the country.  Much like another ancient...