Back from the brink: new breath for tourism in Istanbul

It’s only two years since an attempted coup but Istanbul is moving on and reinventing itself

The whole time I was in Istanbul I was convinced I could hear a dull groaning sound. At last I realised what it was: the collective grumbling every time someone described the city as “where East meets West”, or “where Asia meets Europe” or some other formulation of the same tired old cliché.

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