Mint Globetrotter Index: Enjoy a unique mix of cultures at Istanbul2 min read . Updated: 14 May 2019, 11:51 PM IST
- From our list of 17 cities across 15 countries in Europe, what stood out was the fact that every city in the region has a very different cost profile
- A day’s stay in an Airbnb is the cheapest in Budapest at ₹2,840, but ₹9,262 in London and ₹10,736 in Amsterdam
Archana Singh, 37, a brand strategist-turned-travel writer, has been to Istanbul several times. She said she has a love-hate relationship with the city. “Unlike any other city, Istanbul has a very unique mix of Asian and European culture, cuisine and rich history. You can see hijab-clad girls tiptoeing with girls in mini skirts without anyone judging them," said Singh, who writes at Travelseewrite.com and has travelled over 60 countries. She enjoys drinking Turkish tea with the scrumptious Turkish breakfast. “I feel the city has a good heart, that’s why you can see food kept everywhere for cats to eat, and in winter there are makeshift cardboard homes on the sidewalks for the strays. What I don’t like about the city is traffic. Shopping in Grand Bazaar is overwhelming. The intrusive ‘sales approach’ ruins your experience," said Singh.