I came to turkey next. I had worried about security because everyone said to me not to go to turkey and I also had seen news about ISIS by TV. However, fortunately, it was totally different from the city i guessed before.
I had actually wanted to go to turkey for long time. I was so fascinated to its historical, cultural, geographical aspect.
Istanbul is exactly located middle between asia and europe. Landscape is similar to europe, but we can find lots of mosques. Some of restaurant, especially the restaurants which are near to mosque, have no alcohol. I mean it's totally muslim country.
I've never seen like this country before.
Recently the number of tourist is decreasing, but in the central area for sightseeing where I stayed, almost all people is foreigner. Istanbul is really safe. Whenever I told local people that Japanese really avoid to come here, they answered with laughing 'here is NOT dangerous'.I think so too. Rather Tokyo is dangerous because of North Korea.
I went to ayasofya,
archaeo logical museum,
Istanbul has mysterious beauty.
By the way, I met french men there. Surprisingly, he came to Istanbul from south of France BY WALK! He sometimes hunt wild animals, find plants to eat, make fire, sleep on the ground or even snow. We had a dinner and go some places with his turkish friend who he met on line game 'metal gia?'. Especially, shourbet? is most delicious drink there. We talked about religion, it's interesting. He translated in English about muslim cultures.