Istanbul is an old city which literally lies on two continents: Asia and Europe. People like to call it the place where East meets West. Istanbul combines the best of traditional and modern life all in one. The call to prayer echoes five times per day in this city that is 99% Islamic. Yet the city retains its modern and shining colorful neon lights. This is a city which you will never feel to be foreign. I have visited this city twice in the last few years. I did not stay that long either time, but each time I got a nice cup of tea from a local to welcome me and to get to know me. This city is bursting with charm and warmth.